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St. Paul pays $20,000 in lawsuit settlement

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The St. Paul City Council settled a federal lawsuit for excessive force by police for $20,000 with a vote last week.
The suit came from an incident in 2007 with three minors who were throwing snowballs, according to a report by the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press reported that on March 12, 2007, Patrick Hedican IV, then 17, and two other minors ran after seeing a police car while throwing snowballs.
Hedican stopped running, and police kicked him and hit him with a flashlight, according to the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press reported that Hedican needed medical attention for several of his injuries.
The city said that the settlement is not an "admission of liability," according to the Star Tribune.

4-year-old kills 2-year-old in Minneapolis

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A 4-year-old boy shot and killed a 2-year-old boy Wednesday afternoon in Minneapolis.
The shooting occurred in a duplex in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, only blocks away from Augsburg College, according to a report by the Pioneer Press.
The 2-year-old was shot in the leg, according to the Pioneer Press.
Minneapolis Police Sgt. Steve McCarty said emergency personnel from Hennepin County Medical Center were not able to revive the injured boy, according to the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press reported that the child's name would not be released.
According to the Star Tribune, police are investigating if any adults were home at the time of the shooting and how the child got the gun.

Police are still trying to figure out what led up to the killing of a Cold Spring police officer last Thursday.
Officer Tom Decker, 31, was shot and killed behind Winners Sports Bar on Cold Spring's Main Street while responding to a call about a suicidal man, according to a report by Minnesota Public Radio.
Authorities are calling the incident an ambush.
The Star Tribune reported that police arrested Ryan Michael Larson, 34, in his apartment above the bar an hour after Decker was killed.
Larson remains in custody in Stearns County jail.
The Stearns County Sheriff's Office believes that Officer Decker was shot by a 20-gauge shotgun.
Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding the weapon, according to the Star Tribune.

7 Great Danes rescued from Minneapolis home

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Authorities rescued seven Great Danes living in inhumane conditions in Minneapolis Monday.
The hoarder of the dogs was compliant with Minneapolis Animal Care and Control in handing over the dogs, but could still be charged with animal cruelty according to the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press reported that the two puppies of the group have already been adopted.
The other five are being handed over to the Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The Star Tribune reported that with the dogs from Minneapolis, the rescue organization based in Siren, WIs., will have 15 dogs awaiting adoption.
Minneapolis Animal Care and Control advises that people shouldn't house more animals than they can realistically take care of, according to the Pioneer Press.

MOA to tighten restrictions on teens during holiday season

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All unaccompanied teenagers under age 16 are not allowed in the Mall of America all day on Black Friday, as well as the week between Christmas and New Year's.
The new policy was prompted by an incident last Dec. 27 when fights involving more than 200 teens erupted around the mall, according to the Star Tribune.
These restrictions on teens normally are in place only on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The Mall of America is always busy on Black Friday. According to the Pioneer Press, last year 219,000 people visited the day after Thanksgiving last year.
All of the mall's stores will be open by 6 a.m. on Friday except for Nordstrom's, and over 180 stores are opening by midnight.
Police say that with such a hectic time at the mall, the policy is best for everyone's safety and enjoyment.

A vote by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) on Monday to significantly alter flight patterns at the airport caught the Minneapolis City Council by surprise.
The exact changes that the vote will cause are still unclear, according to a report by MinnPost.
The Star Tribune reported that even though MAC held two open house on the matter, City Council members complain that they were not properly advertised.
There are also very little details about which neighborhoods would be more affected by the changes, for the better or for the worse.
Many City Council members are simply confused by the lack of information.
"There's just been no information to anyone at all," downtown representative Lisa Goodman told the Star Tribune.

Reputed gang member arrested for violent tattoo

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Police arrested a reputed gang member after he posted a picture of his graphic tattoo on Facebook.
The Pioneer Press reported that Antonio Frasion Jenkins Jr., 20, was charged with making a terroristic threat for the benefit of a gang.
The bicep tattoo showed a person holding a gun to the mouth of a pig wearing a Minneapolis police uniform, including the misspelled name and badge number of a police officer who works in the Third Precinct, according to the Star Tribune.
The Third Precinct covers much of South Minneapolis, and is an area claimed by the 'Bloods' gang.
According to report by the Star Tribune, there are many questions as to how the police will be able to proceed.
A professor from the University of Minnesota's Law School told the Pioneer Press that since Jenkins publicly displayed his tattoo, the private nature and free speech aspect of it is undermined.

Minnesota votes down marriage amendment

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Early Wednesday morning, Minnesota became the first state to vote down a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
The Associated Press called the amendment's defeat just before 2 a.m., according to a report by MinnPost.
Richard Carlbom, head of the 'vote no' campaign for Minnesotans United for All Families, told MinnPost that, "Tonight, Minnesota proved that love is bigger than government."
Only about 47 percent of Minnesotans voted for the amendment, according to the Minnesota Daily.
Gay marriage is still illegal under Minnesota state law, yet opponents of the amendment told MinnPost that this race marked just the beginning.
Maine and Maryland both passed measures to legalize gay marriage.

St. Paul Schools levy up for vote on Tuesday

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Tuesday's vote will determine how soon new technology comes to St. Paul Public Schools.
A $9 million per year levy increase is up to voters Tuesday, as well as a renewal of $30 million per year toward programs such as all-day kindergarten, according to the Star Tribune.
The Pioneer Press reported that St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva aims to use the money for a new technology plan.
The technology would provide a learning platform for students, teachers and parents to provide more access to homework, tests and projects.
The idea is to make communication more efficient and to reach each student on an individual level, according to the Star Tribune.
Other districts have held out on such platforms since the technology continues to rapidly develop.

With Election Day rapidly approaching next week, Republican incumbent Chip Cravaack is fighting to keep his 8th District congressional seat from Democratic challenger Rick Nolan.
According to a report by the Minnesota Daily, the 8th Congressional District is historically left-leaning.
Cravaack won the seat two years ago, upsetting then 18-term incumbent Jim Oberstar, a Democrat.
MinnPost reported that independent polls show Nolan with a lead about the size of the margin of error in the race.
Cravaack's camp does not believe the polls and sees itself as having a comfortable lead in the district.
Both reports noted the sizable amount of outside money pouring in to the race; over $9.1 million since August according to MinnPost.
The 8th District is large, covering an area from North Branch north to the Canadian border. According to the Daily, the major industries of the area are mining, timber and tourism. Before Cravaack, the district had a Democratic representative for 60 years.

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