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Why the governor and the DFL should be nervous about 2022

Minnesota DFL (Democratic Party) Gov. Tim Walz declared earlier this week that he is running for reelection. He should worry. There is a serious chance he could lose. Minnesota Democrats could also get routed in the 2022 elections. The unfortunate part for Walz is that he may not be able to do anything to save his campaign. The factors that will determine his fate may largely be sealed and beyond his control.
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Senate Republicans attack county attorney for car stop policy

Senate Republicans and some law enforcement officials criticized Ramsey County Attorney John Choi’s decision not to prosecute cases that stem solely from traffic stops unrelated to public safety. A Senate hearing on Thursday focused on the rising crime in the Twin Cities metro and featured a slate of testifiers that...
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New 'public service' charter school backed by Ramsey County Sheriff coming to the east metro

A new charter school with a focus on "public service" will open in the east metro with support from the Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, who is one of its founders. According to a Wednesday announcement, Ramsey County community leaders will launch The School of Leadership for Public Service next fall. Students in grades 6 through 10 will be the first to enroll during the 2022-23 school year.
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Sheriff Bob Fletcher plans charter school in Ramsey County focused on public service

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher is planning to open a new charter school next year that aims to steer students toward careers in public service. The nonprofit School of Leadership for Public Service will be located in Ramsey County and open for the 2022-23 school year with students in grades six through 10, according to a news release issued Wednesday afternoon on behalf of the school.
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Attorney’s fees in Bremer dispute total $36 million — and counting

Taking the witness stand for a third day, the chief executive officer of Bremer Bank acknowledged that attorney’s fees related to a conflict with parent company and charitable foundation Otto Bremer Trust had totaled $20 million for the St. Paul-based bank alone. Previous testimony in the probate hearing, brought forward...
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Ramsey County moves toward administrative fines, away from misdemeanor citations for ordinances

Ramsey County could make a move to decriminalize penalties for violating a host of county ordinances, issuing civil citations instead. County commissioners on Tuesday voted in favor of setting a Nov. 9 public hearing on proposed changes to the county administrative ordinance, which sets rules for enforcement and penalties for county ordinances. The amendments would be used solely by St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health to assure compliance with ordinances that regulate restaurants, bars, hotels, mobile home parks, public swimming pools, solid waste and hazardous waste.
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Smith says she wil vote ‘no’ on Minneapolis public safety ballot measure

This from FOX 9: “Senator Tina Smith says she will vote against a proposed charter change on the November ballot that would remove and replace the Minneapolis Police Department. … ‘While there is much I agree with in the Amendment, one component poses an insurmountable problem – the requirement that the new Department of Public Safety report to both the Mayor and the City Council,’ Smith wrote. ‘My own experience working in City Hall tells me that this change will exacerbate what is a deeply flawed city governance structure, where accountability, authority and lines of responsibility between the Mayor and City Council are diffused and dysfunctional.’”
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Twin Cities rent control opponents raise nearly $4 million

Landlords and property managers have raised nearly $4 million to fight rent control ballot initiatives in St. Paul and Minneapolis, vastly outraising and outspending supporters in the weeks leading up to Election Day. The Sensible Housing Ballot Committee garnered $3.9 million in donations from landlords and property management companies and...
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Popular Ice Castles attraction returns to New Brighton this winter

Ramsey County is bringing back a popular winter ice castle attraction this year after builders took a year off because of the pandemic. In January, Utah-based Ice Castles will return to Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton, offering up a fairy-tale frozen experience with tunnels, caverns, towers, fountains, slides and crawl spaces built with ice that is “grown on site, harvested, and hand-placed by professional ice artisans,” Ramsey County parks and recreation officials said Tuesday.
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October Bugle Midpoint report

Here is the latest “Midpoint,” a mid-month Web report on some local news and information received since the publication of our October issue:. The St. Anthony Park Community Foundation has hired Julie Drechsler as its new executive director. Drechsler, a Minnesota native who went on to spend nearly three decades...
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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Ramsey County considers fines for restaurant, other license violations

Ramsey County Public Health is considering adding fines to its continuum of penalties for restaurant, hotel and other business license violations — a change from the current system, which makes all transgressions punishable as a crime. The proposed change is one of multiple efforts the county and several of its...
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Bremer combatants have spent $36 million on legal battle

Bremer Financial Corp.'s top executive described on Wednesday her fight with the trustees who wanted to sell the company as an effort to preserve it as a community bank in the way she believed its founder wanted. "I would not characterize it as a fight in the boardroom," Jeanne Crain,...
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