Minnesota State Patrol increasing presence in Twin Cities metro

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Alex Derosier writes in Forum News Service:Minnesota’s state public safety agency has increased its presence in the Twin Cities metro area after a chaotic Fourth of July weekend that left many injured. On Thursday, July 7, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety announced that more State Patrol troopers would be driving in the Twin Cities to combat street racing and criminal activity. … Street racing will be addressed by the additional resources of the air patrol and the 20 troopers that the patrol will send to the Twin Cities region July 8-9.

Frederick Melo, a Pioneer Press writer, writes: ” Although the University of St. Thomas has decided to stop pursuing a Division I hockey facility at the Highland Bridge development near St. Paul , the site is still an option for new baseball or softball facilities. Wednesday’s announcement by the St. Paul school to its faculty, staff, and students was that the university had determined that the Highland Bridge site was no longer viable for a future hockey facility. This decision was primarily due to financial considerations.

Dan Kraker reports to MPR that the program that allows travelers crossing into remote areas of Canada could be resumed as soon as Friday . This will give a boost to northern Minnesota resorts and businesses that provide canoeists with equipment for trips to Quetico Provincial Park and allow dozens to visit their cabins, for the first time since more than two years. In the early days after the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canada Border Services Agency had suspended the Remote Area Border crossing program. These permits permit visitors to cross border in remote areas, including the Boundary waters Canoe Area, without having to report to Canadian border officials.

Susan Du reports to the Star Tribune: “Andrew Vizenor and Ashley Vizenor consider themselves fortunate. After the city of Minneapolis ordered everyone to leave the homeless encampment on 29th Street and 14th Avenue S. for several days, they were given an apartment at American House in St. Paul Minneapolis. The vacate notices were posted June 27 at Midtown Phillips Encampment. This was after neighbors raised concerns regarding vandalism and safety. It could be removed at any moment. A few days later, similar notices were sent to the Near North camp located at 205 Girard Av. also at the Quarry camp in northeast Minneapolis. Up to 180 homeless campers may be evicted.

Melissa Turtinen reports FOX 9: Veteran’s and their families who served in the Global War on Terrorism are now eligible to apply for hundreds of dollars from the state for post-9/11 veteran service bonus payments. Governor Walz signed a new law. Tim Walz signed a new law in May that provides $25 million for post-9/11-era veterans with Gold Star Families and service bonuses. These awards range from $600 to $2,000 For eligibility, military veterans and members must have served between Sept. 11, 2001 and Aug. 30, 2021. Veterans and their beneficiaries can submit an online application starting Thursday to receive the service bonus.

Duluth News Tribune article by Tom Olsen states that a man described as a ticking time bomb’ by a prosecutor remains in jail after a Fourth of July attack which left a member of Clean & Safe Team injured and prompted renewed concern about safety in the downtown and Canal Park areas. According to the charges, Michael Allen Hanson (37), repeatedly hit the 65-year old woman’s face with a railing at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. This caused injuries to her back and face. After hurling death threats, he allegedly struck a policeman. Hanson, a Duluth resident, was already in supervised release and facing a pending charge of felony assault for allegedly breaking the wrist of a woman in another random altercation on the downtown Skywalk in April.”

And Paul Walsh from the Strib states, ” Federal officials in Minnesota are alleging that three Twin Cities businessmen and their friends acted upon an illegal tip to make insider securities trades in connection with Medtronic’s purchase Mazor Robotics. In less than a month, the men earned hundreds of thousands of dollars. On Wednesday, the federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), sued Doron A. Tavlin and Afshin Farahan, former Medtronic consultants and David Gantman, an insurance agent and rug retailer. The court is being asked by the regulatory agency to order the men to ‘disgorge any funds they received from their illegal behavior’ and to face civil penalties. The men were also charged with conspiracy and 16 counts of aiding or abetting in securities fraud.

Adam Uren wrote for Bring Me The News. Minneapolis’ favorite hotdog place, The Wienery, was featured on Guy Fieri’s Drive-Ins and Dives. This is According to Eat This, Not That! , which released a list of all 50 states’ top dogs last week. The winner for Minnesota was The Wienery. This is a hole-in-the wall diner located two doors from Cedar Cultural Center in Cedar Riverside.

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