Minneapolis City Council member faces more calls for accountability after comments about Somali American youth


Liz Navratil, Faiza Mahamud write for Star Tribune: A few fellow DFL politicians are asking Minneapolis officials to hold Michael Rainville responsible for his ‘harmful and ‘racist remarks’ last week. Some members of the Somali community encourage forgiveness and call for the convening a meeting. After Rainville last week claimed that primarily Somali American youth were responsible for the violence during the July 4th weekend, members of the Minneapolis delegation to the Minnesota Legislature urged Rainville’s officials to take ‘formal action’ to hold Rainville accountable. The matter could be subject to an ethics investigation. Some members of the delegation have indicated that they are exploring the possibility of censure or a public reprimand.

FOX 9 reports: ” Now that FOX 9 reports raise new questions about Sheriff Dave Hutchinson’s conduct after his drunk driving conviction, at most one Hennepin County Commissioner is renewing her call to his resignation. Kristin Robbins tweeted Tuesday: “I called for Sheriff Hutchinson’s resignation after his drunk driving conviction.” Henn is rife with crime. We needed a credible and reliable leader in the Sheriff’s office for Henn County immediately. These allegations need to be investigated thoroughly and taxpayers should receive a refund for any misused funds.

Eric Rasmussen, KSTP-TV’s reporter , reported that a Ramsey County judge dismissed the charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction against a 67 year-old man. He also criticized the sheriff’s office for not providing ‘critical evidence’ in a case that has been pending for more than two decades. In 2020, a Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputy confronted Torrey White outside his Falcon Heights apartment and took him into custody. He was responding to calls regarding a disturbance involving a man described as Black in his 30s. Torrey White was 65 years of age at the time. He relies on a wheelchair. He was charged with obstruction of the legal process after Torrey White filed a complaint with internal affairs about excessive force.

Katelyn Vie and David Chanen from the Star Tribune report say, “Shocked at what it costs to fill up your car’s gas tank these days?” Imagine managing a fleet of 400 vehicles in a city. Many of these vehicles are gas-guzzlers. … Governments are trying to ensure that their spending stays within budget and that their vehicles stay on the roads. Many Minneapolis agencies are considering expanding their e-bike program to allow home inspectors to move around the city. Many communities have tried to add hybrid and electric vehicles to their fleets, but there is a huge backlog.

Nick Ferraro writes for Pioneer Press . A teenager driver was distracted by Stranger Things’ on her phone and crossed the road centerline, colliding with a semi-trailer truck. This happened in northern Anoka County. The sheriff’s office stated. The minor injuries sustained by the girl, whose age and name have not been disclosed, were minor. Jacobson claims that the girl was not on her phone at the time of the accident, but Jacobson says the investigating officers discovered that her car’s Bluetooth system was streaming audio from Stranger Things on Netflix. The driver confessed to driving while watching Netflix when confronted with the information. She was given a citation, and she was released.

Dakota County comes under the spotlight in Politico’s look into battleground counties across the country. “Dakota County is basically split down the middle. While the farmland in the northern part of the county is a reddish hue, the Twin Cities’ bedroom communities to its north are now firmly Democratic. However, the 65,000-strong city of Lakeville in the county’s middle remains firmly divided. The way these voters vote will decide how Dakota, and approximately 60 percent of Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District — one of the most competitive in the country — fare in this year’s midterms.

Hannah Yang writes MPR: ” Pope Francis appoints Bishop Chad W. Zielinski (57), fifth bishop of New Ulm’s Diocese of New Ulm. The announcement was made by Archbishop Christophe Pierre who is also the Apostolic Nuncio to America. Monsignor Douglas Grams introduced Zielinski later, in front of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New Ulm. He has been the diocesan administrator since August 2020. Zielinski will be installed on September 27. Zielinski was the Bishop of Fairbanks, Alaska, from December 2014 to December 2014.

Also available on FOX 9This year, the Minnesota State Fair has released its list for new fair foods to be sold at this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together. The 2022 Minnesota State Fair will feature 38 new foods, eight new food vendors, and approximately 300 concessions locations.

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