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Gazelka is resigning from the Senate’s majority leadership post

He runs. WCCO reports:Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka announced on Wednesday that he is resigning from his role in leading the Senate Republican Caucus, perhaps signal that he will soon join the race for governor. … In a statement to his colleagues, Gazelka (R-East Gull Lake) wrote that outside of his family and faith, the leadership of the meeting had been ‘the most rewarding experience of my life.’ ”

He does not run. MPR reports:Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Wednesday that he will not seek a new term next year. … Freeman, the son of a former Minnesota governor, has direct connections to the founding of the DFL party and ran for governor without success in 1998. … He has been a constant in some of the state’s most high-profile lawsuits, including the prosecution of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor for the murder of 911 call Justine Ruszczyk. … Throughout his career, Freeman has attracted criticism and protests outside his home over decisions not to prosecute Minneapolis police officers who have killed civilians. He would probably have faced a hard-fought re-election campaign next year. ”

Last mission. KSTP’s Josh Skluzacek reports:More than 400 Minnesota National Guard soldiers provided support at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan before the United States was completely evacuated, ending the 20-year war. … The National Guard said that over 400 soldiers from Task Force 1-194, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division sent to the airport less than two weeks ago. There, they provided perimeter security and provided humanitarian assistance to U.S. citizens, holders of special immigrant visas, and their families. ”

Hospitals fill up north. Duluth News Tribune’s Andee Erickson reports:Hospitals in Northland are approaching capacity again as new COVID-19 cases pick up speed, but unlike previous surges, hospitals have more non-COVID-19 patients to take care of and more staffing constraints due to burnout. … ‘This is a really big thing,’ said Dr. Andrea Boehland, physician in the emergency room at Essentia Health in Duluth. ‘We think it’s our duty to tell you about the situation. When hospital capacity becomes tight like this, we risk our ability to care for patients with any kind of health problem. ‘”

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Big piece in the New York Times Magazine this week about the Ojibwe drum community, focused on Minnesota. David Treuer writes: “I grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota; Jim’s place was about an hour and a half southwest, on the White Earth Reservation. Our reservations are close and closely related: both house the same tribe (Ojibwe, also known as Chippewa), we share the same homelands, and our religious communities are intertwined. White Earth was originally made by heavily armed families to move there from Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, Turtle Mountain and Fond du Lac reservations, so we are also related to blood. My family was part of this forced migration, and most of my family is officially enrolled in White Earth, even though none of us have ever lived there. … I only know Jim at all because we had been a part of Big Drum. The Ojibwe Big Drum Society, or ‘drum’ as we call it, is a large, loud, social healing ceremony that takes place in dance halls designated specifically for this purpose in communities mostly in Minnesota and Wisconsin, all year round. Sitting on a drum, being a member of society is both an honor and a deep, lifelong duty. ”

In other news …

PSA:St. Paul Fire Dept. speaks out in the midst of the rise in dangerous urban exploration events” [KARE]

A black-owned bank:First Independence Bank opens the Twin Cities branch” [PUBLICATION]

Crappie way to die:What killed the Agnes fish? DNR now points to low oxygen content” [Echo Press]

Amazing what a little sunshine will reveal:Minnesota solar installer charged with cheating dozens of customers” [Star Tribune]

They really want to be our own goals:Minnesota Women’s Soccer will be the first jointly owned women’s team in the United States” [WCCO]

Up in smoke:Travail’s BBQ joint in northeast Minneapolis closes in October” [Bring Me The News]

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