Parents question Minneapolis, U of M officials about rise in violent crime around campus


Jay Kolls reports on KSTP TV: Nearly 200 parents met Monday night with University of Minnesota leaders and Minneapolis officials to discuss concerns over a rise of crime both on- and off-campus. For more than an hour, parents and others met with the University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. They also discussed concerns about a 45% increase in violent crime around campus.

Dana Ferguson writes for Forum News Service . Minnesota Attorney-General Keith Ellison and Republican challenger Jim Schultz shared concerns over violent crime in Minnesota on Monday, July 11th and presented their plans to combat it. And their plans highlighted stark differences between the Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican-endorsed candidates. Ellison met with Maplewood gun control advocates and stated that the state must do more to stop gun violence. … Schultz (the Republican Party-endorsed candidate running for Ellison’s removal) said Monday that additional regulations regarding firearms weren’t the solution.

Tom Lyden reports on FOX 9. “After his drunken driving accident in December Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson went into a spending frenzy, eating and travelling at taxpayer expense, even though he is rarely seen in the office. FOX 9 Investigators requested receipts and statements from Hutchinson’s county-issued credit card (also known as a “P-card” for purchases. Hutchinson spent $17.588 using his P-card during the period of four months between Dec. 23, 2021 and April 22, 2022.

Josh Verges wrote in the Pioneer Press that Julie Bowlin signed documents Monday admitting to making false allegations against Nathan McGuire. This led to McGuire’s 2014 firing as Woodbury High School girls’ basketball coach. Three years after the Minnesota Supreme Court revived this lawsuit, it found that the First Amendment does not protect a parent from critiquing a high school coach because a coach cannot be considered a public figure.

KSTP TV reports: Former Minnesota Gopher running again Marion Barber III’s death was attributed to an accidental heatstroke, Texas authorities said. Monday’s report was released by the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office. Barber was found dead in his Frisco apartment by police during a welfare check. He was 38 years of age. A Memorial Scholarship Fund in Barber’s Name was established for the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development. It funds students in financial need, underrepresented groups, and those who have overcome obstacles in their education goals.

For People, Alexandra Schonfeld said. Chef Justin Sutherland has updated his health after a boating accident earlier in the month. Iron Chef and restaurateur Justin Sutherland shared an Instagram photo of his healing face after he fell from his boat close to the motor. “The pain is a sign that you are alive.” The scars are a sign that you’re alive. Sutherland’s family created a GoFundMe fundraising site to share more details about the terrible incident.

Also in the Star Tribune: Joy Summers writes:” Jessi Pollak, a self-described witchy, wentthic kid from Florida, moved to Minnesota with her parents when she was a teenager and began to dream of a better life. She decided to stay put and find work at Du Nord Social Spirits, a cocktail bar in south Minneapolis. She entered the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild just four years after she started at Spoon and Stable. The Bartenders Guild national competition pits the best bartenders against each other for the title U.S. Bartender Of The Year. She won.

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