From public defender to prosecutor? KARE’s Dana Thiede reports: “Former public defender Mary Moriarty intends to skip the aisle and serve as the chief prosecutor for Hennepin County residents. … Moriarty officially stated that she was in the running for the Hennepin County Attorney with a post on Twitter early Monday, indicates that she will seek the office left by Mike Freeman after nearly 24 years of service. Freeman made the announcement earlier this month, citing both his age (73) and time in office among the reasons for stepping down. “
Voices with the feet. To Star Tribune, Kevyn Burger writes: “While visiting a tavern in Wisconsin, a masked Jim Smart noticed that the bartender was not wearing a mask. He asked if she had been vaccinated. … ‘She said no, “I do not believe in science.” I said, “What about the people in the kitchen?” She went to ask and came back and said, “They will not tell you that,” Smart said. ‘I said, turn it on and go.’ … A small but vocal group of Minnesotans have begun avoiding shops, offices, eateries and service providers where employees are not vaccinated, or refuse to disclose their vaccination status. They scrap agreements with unvaccinated hairdressers, chiropractors, massage therapists, doulas and financial planners and say they are not back until their provider takes the shot. ”
The cost of civilization in St. Paul got up. Also from Star Tribune, Anthony Lonetree reports: “St. Paul’s homeowners will see large increases in property taxes in 2022 if officials sign plans introduced in recent weeks. Fælles A joint panel of city, county and school officials found out on Monday that taxes on the city’s $ 228,700 median could increase by $ 338 or 11% below their respective tax collection plans and other factors. … The projection came together when The school district – the last of the three major jurisdictions to unveil a tax bill – said on Monday it would consider raising the tax by up to 3.1% for its share of the tax bill.”
Drawing a line. The Star Tribunes Briana Bierschbach reports: “More than a dozen communities across [Minnesota] was divided between two congressional districts during the final round of redistribution, from suburbs in the inner ring such as Edina to townships in remote corners of the state. For smaller communities, the lines have become a headache, zigzagging through city streets or cutting across courtyards and dividing their cities. It added layers of uncertainty for voters and additional costs of administering elections to cash-strapped local governments. … As lawmakers begin the process of drawing the maps for the next decade, some local officials are asking them not to divide their cities again.”
In other news …
Last Friday: “Minneapolis marches in memory of boarding school victims” [Indian Country Today]
A story with a happy ending: “Man, dog reunited 2 days after car with pet inside was stolen in Richfield” [Star Tribune]
CAT on COVID-19:
Karl-Anthony Towns lost 50 pounds after getting COVID-19. He was thinking of stepping away from the game and had the symptoms of a panic attack when he was first approved to travel with the Timberwolves.
About what cities went through and where he is now https://t.co/5yhvNV8RQi
– Michael Pina (@MichaelVPina) September 27, 2021
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