Minneapolis Park Board proposes $79 million levy

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This is Erin Adler, Star Tribune. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board voted this week to support an increase in the tax levy to 6% for 2023 in an effort to improve safety and security and care for park assets and continue investing in youth programming. According to Park Board documents, the total levy request is $79,025,000. The levy amount must still be approved by the Board of Estimate and Taxation. The Park Board requested a 7.75% increase in the 2021 levy last year. The average property tax increase in the past decade was 4.5%.

Adam Uren writes about for Bring Me the News . The son and founder of St. Paul’s Penumbra Theatre, died in Hennepin County Jail Minneapolis. After lifesaving efforts, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday night confirmed that a 41 year-old man had been found unconscious in his cell Thursday afternoon. Since then, he has been identified as Lucas John Bellamy. His death is currently under investigation. Lou Bellamy is his son and he founded Penumbra Theatre Companyin76 with the goal of producing art that could ‘illuminate human condition through the prisms of the African American experience’.

Stephen Montemoyer also writes in the Star Tribune. The capture in Mexico this month of an elusive drug lord has revived decades-old trauma in two daughters of a Minnesota writer who were slain. They fear that he will again avoid justice for their father’s murder, even though he is in custody. Rafael Caro Quintero was a powerful Mexican drug boss and has been a target of American authorities since 1985 when he was implicated in the murder of Enrique Camarena, a DEA agent. Caro Quintero is also connected to John Clay Walker’s murder and torture in the same year. Walker was a Minnesota writer, who was visiting Mexico for research on a novel. Walker’s daughters, Lannie Walker and Keely Walker, are now on a mission in order to add their father to the possible charges Caro Quintero might face in the U.S.

WCCO TV and the AP report – “A few former Minnesota Twins player became immortal Sunday in Cooperstown (New York). Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. David Otis was also inducted into the 2022 class. He made his Major League Baseball debut with the Twins in Minnesota and played for five years there before becoming a superstar slugger for Boston Red Sox. Kaat, now an broadcaster for Twins, was 83 years old when he pitched for 25 years. He won a World Series in his last year, and then retired in 1983. Oliva, the American League Rookie-of-the Year in 1964, was the leader in hits five times and became the first major league player to win batting title in both of his first two seasons. He also finished with a lifetime average.304 with the Twins.

KMSP TV story states that five Ukrainian soldiers lost their limbs in the war made the 5,000-mile journey from Ukraine to Minnesota. Hundreds of Ukrainian-American supporters wave flags and carry signs of support at MSP International Airport. The Protez Foundation was a local organization that started Prosthetics for Ukrainians. The organization is now providing prosthetics for free to all Ukrainian soldiers, children and civilians who lost their limbs during the war. Yakov Gradinar, of Limb Lab in Minnesota, was the inspiration for this idea. ”

Joe Nelson from Bring Me The News said that Ona’Je Prince Sincere Jones, a 2-year old boy, died after suffering blunt force injuries. The mother of the child, 25-year old Navonna L., was already charged with two counts each of malicious punishment for her 4-month-old child.

Mara Klecker reported that Emerson Dual Language Elementary School in Loring Park won’t allow students to wear neon-colored shirts and tops with their favorite superheroes. This is because the magnet school in Minneapolis Public Schools has just implemented a dress code. It requires students to wear a solid-colored top that can be worn in red, blue or black, or with khaki pants. After a schoolwide vote, 55% of families voted in favor of uniforms.

Scott Bauer reports for the AP. “A Republican candidate to Wisconsin governor supported Donald Trump, a former lieutenant governor endorsed dozens of legislators, and a state representative pushing decertification for the state’s 2020 presidential electoral results. They largely agreed on the majority of issues in their first debate Sunday. Just two weeks ago, the debate between Trump-backed Tim Michels and Rebecca Kleefisch was held. It took place just before the Aug. 9, primary. Last month’s Marquette University Law School poll showed that Michels and Kleefisch were in a close race with the winner moving on to become Democratic Governor. Tony Evers.”

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