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A Minneapolis man was taken to the hospital after suffering injuries at the hands of police who showed up at his him looking to arrest the man's brother, who is wanted for assault.

Fox 9 News reported that police raided the home of Raejuan Telford, 21, last Thursday. "Wrong is wrong. Catch people that are doing the stuff, not the people who are not," Telford told Fox 9. "Just because you have a badge doesn't mean you can beat up on people."

The Star Tribune reported that Telford suffered fractured ribs and a collapsed lung as a result of the incident. Telford's mother, Linda, commented that she was fearful of what might happen to Raejuan's brother when police find him.

Hunting season for MN wolf population?

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After being removed from the Endangered Species Act's list of endangered species in January, wolves again face the dangers of hunting as a bill is on the table for November that would allow them to be hunted again this year.

Kare 11's broadcast on the topic noted that the wolf population in Minnesota at its lowest was only between 300 and 600, and that not it is upwards of 3,000.

Tom Landwehr, commissioner for the Department of Natural Resources, is quoted as saying that t wolf hunting season would only remove about 400 wolves. He went on to explain that authorities already kill nearly 200 problem wolves each year.

Minnesota Public Radio announced that the typical five-year waiting period between removal from the ESA list and the opening of a legal hunting season was removed last year. Currently, MPR added, the bill, which comprises a number of hunting and game related measures, is in a dead heat because of the debate.

Home and Garden show a showstopper

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A 1,700-square-foot house was erected inside the Minneapolis Convention Center for the Home and Garden Show, an event that ran from late February to early March.

In a video posted to the Star Tribune's website, trees stretched to the height of the convention center, and a small pool and garden-size waterfall were together the culminating point of a stream that ran nearby.

According to Dan Frosch, builder of the house, it was designed to cater to empty-nesters. The rooms are compact and spread across one level, though nothing is cramped. The house showcased an especially beautiful, small, black and white kitchen with high ceilings.

In addition to the specially-built house, nine professional landscapers worked to contribute gardens based on movies, including Camelot and Lord of the Rings.

Chip Wade from HGTV and the Style Network's Mark Brunetz, an interior designer for that network's show, Clean House, made an appearance as well, offering their expertise in matters of design and home improvement.

Pat's Tap a place of sustainability

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Minneapolis' bar Pat's Tap is a bar that offers a fresh take on food and d├ęcor alike, giving good attention to vegetarian food alongside its more traditional burgers, and showcasing just how good sustainability can look.

Recycled tiles pattern the floor and music blares against a steady din of Skee-Ball machines, according to the Star Tribune's Rick Nelson.

Photos from the Star Tribune show people digging in to a central bowl of appetizers and bartenders with smiles on their faces.

Nelson commented that the "boisterous new Kim Bartmann venture is equal parts neighborhood bar and home away from home."

Turkey burgers and veggie burgers are not given short shrift here, but instead are equally tasty alternatives to the bar's beefier options. Nelson noted that these dishes "cater rather than pander to vegetarian tastes."

Wild eke out 5-4 victory over Blackhawks

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The Minnesota Wild's Devin Setoguchi became the team's hero Sunday night when he scored a last-minute goal, allowing the Wild to just barely beat out the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 and making this the team's third straight win of the season.

The score was even at 4-4 as of three minutes to the end when Chicago's Patrick Kane scored a goal, reported SB Nation Minnesota.

The tied score forced a shootout in overtime, added SB Nation Chicago. The first round of the shootout saw another tie, and Minnesota broke this tie 2-1 in the third round.

A $1 billion stadium for the Vikings?

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In an attempt to make a new Vikings Stadium more palatable to Minnesota voters, the newest piece of legislation on the table asks the team and Hennepin County to help out with funding.

The latest proposal will cost nearly $1 billion, coming in at $975 million, reported the Star Tribune's Mike Kaszuba.

The money to be generated from charitable gambling amounts to approximately $52 million a year, down from the original proposal of $72 million a year. According Kaszuba, who referenced Representative Morrie Lanning, one of the authors of the new legislation, this was decided on "in order to provide charitable gambling officials with more tax relief."

The Pioneer Press reported the new portioning of funding outlined by the bill: The team would pay $427 million, the state would pitch in $398 million, and $150 million would be financed by Minneapolis.

Nagasaki will hold a Buddhist ceremony in honor of Masami Matsuda, known locally as the man who designed Como Park's Ordway Memorial Garden. Matsuda died at age 89 early last month, the Star Tribune reported.

Matsuda worked on the designs of many gardens in a number of countries, and he returned to them throughout the following years to improve them and make changes.

The Star Tribune's Pamela Miller reported in his obituary that a letter from Matsuda that was read at a commemorating ceremony twelve years ago reads in part, "May this experience become a bridge, enhancing the exchange between our countries and expand[ing] the ring of peace and friendship in this world."

Kim McGuire, writing for the Star Tribune, reported that Friday morning the superintendent of six years for Little Falls School District will replace Eden Prairie's superintendent, Melissa Krull; Krull had taken a lot of flak over her redistricting proposals last year.

Curt Tryggestad, she wrote, was chosen with unanimous support by the Eden Prairie School Board, and he has a long history of similar work, serving as superintendent for Esko Schools and principal at Pine City Schools prior to his stint at Little Falls.

According to an article posted by the Brainerd Dispatch, Early last year, Tryggestad won acclaim from Little Falls students and parents when he introduced ipads to the curriculum as an experimental move geared towards improving education in a technology-oriented world.

Reported Matt Richtel of The New York Times, Tryggestad was also one of a select few Minnesota teachers to visit Apple's headquarters in a couple of times over the last few years,. Richtel wrote that in addition to the experience the teachers received, these trips were beneficial to Apple as well when the Little Falls district extended its technology experiment by introducing iPads to 1,700 of its 2,500 students.

The furor over a new Vikings stadium was once again the topic of choice for Minnesota's Governor Mark Dayton when he spoke with WCCO last Sunday, this time with debate centered on the possibility of using money generated by electronic pull tabs to help fund the stadium if it were to be built.

According to CBS Minnesota, Dayton told WCCO that he would be open to the proposal to fund the stadium with profits from electronic pull tabs, amounting to approximately $400 million.

In a recording of the original interview posted to CBS Minnesota's website, Dayton spoke with WCCO's Chad Hartman after meeting with MN house speaker Kurt Zellers and majority leader Amy Koch, saying that the source of funding would be "Wherever revenue crunches numbers."

Hartman asked Dayton if he believed it was possible for the bill to pass, OK'ing a new stadium but with no mention of using money from electronic pull tabs. Dayton's response was that he was uncertain, but reassured Minnesotans that "There will be no general fund tax revenues used in the financing of paying off of the bonds."

MPR's Tim Nelson noted that the funding issue has been the greatest area of contention and is much of the reason for why the debate over the stadium has continued since the beginning of Dayton's tenure 15 months ago.

Jenny Lundgren, a special education teacher at Skyview Middle School in Oakdale and member of the teachers' union Education Minnesota, presented her views on the proposed "Right to Work" legislation before the Minnesota Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee at the state capitol Monday.

She commented in a video uploaded to the Oakdale Patch's website that Republicans ought to oppose the legislation, which would allow for non-union employees to reap the benefits from union bargaining even as they pay no union dues.

Writing for the Pioneer Press, Megan Boldt, reported Lundgren asking the crowd, "Is it fair that I pay for these benefits and services, while others get a free ride? As a Republican, as an educator, as a parent 'right to work' doesn't fit my values and I don't believe it fits yours."

The bill seemed well-intentioned as an attempt to speak to conservatives' often negative views on unions, though as Lundgren pointed out, it would be most in line with conservative principles to oppose the legislation on the grounds that it would offer the equivalent of free rides to non-union employees.

Patty Busse, writing for the Oakdale Patch on the matter, reported that about 1,500 people showed up to protest the bill, which the committee eventually ended up passing 7-6.

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