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Published: Mon, 24, Jul 2017 21:48


McCain making dramatic Senate return for crucial health vote

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 21:46

John McCain will make a dramatic return to the Senate for a make-or-break vote on Republican health care legislation Tuesday just days after getting diagnosed with brain cancer, giving an emotional and arithmetical boost to his party's reeling effort to repeal Obamacare.

Officer personnel records released in Damond shooting

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 21:40

Documents reveal employment and training histories of officers involved in the Justine Damond shooting.

Some immigrants face Catch-22 as ICE takes a harder line on detention

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 21:4

In Minnesota, more facing criminal charges are held with high or no bond, making it hard to fight their cases.

Shakopee's first halal market caters to growing Somali population

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 21:39

With a market in place, they want to make a community center a mosque.

Despite pushback, Met Council committee approves 25-cent hike

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 21:20

The recommendation is to raise fares for local and express buses, light rail, and Northstar commuter rail by 25 cents.

Driver in 'horrific' fatal bus crash charged with two felonies

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 21:12

Tyler Bjelland was going an estimated 100 mph before Friday’s fatal crash.

Justin Bieber cancels U.S. Bank Stadium show and other summer dates

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 14:16

"Unforeseen circumstances" was the only reason given for the cancellations, which will not be rescheduled.

Twins trade for Atlanta starting pitcher Jaime Garcia

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 17:43

The team gave up teenage prospect Huascar Ynoa, then sent Justin Haley back to Boston.

Colon may be pitching for job as Twins open series at Dodger Stadium

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 20:39

The Twins haven't been to Chavez Ravine since 2005, so this is a unique experience in a lot of ways.

Frampton tussles with cameraman, halts Treasure Island rock concert

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 21:12

Video displays prompted him to throw stage screens into darkness.

Packers 'shareholders' want Super Bowl at Lambeau, but there's a problem

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 14:6

The Green Bay Packers have 363,948 shareholders — those who have bought “stock” in the team, which is not stock in the traditional sense of it being a monetary asset — and several thousand of them are meeting Monday in the annual shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field. This is their yearly chance to meet up and hear from Packers executives — “the one day per year that the investment becomes more tangible than the piece of paper framed in your den,” as Pro Football Talk put it — and according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel the subject of bringing a Super Bowl to Lambeau Field was brought up by the shareholders. Now, here is the part when I turn off the sarcasm and Packer-fan teasing for a moment to say that a Super Bowl at Lambeau Field would be pretty awesome. It’s a remarkable, history-rich place to watch a game and it would almost certainly bring the elements of a frigid winter into play given the stadium is outdoors and the Super Bowl is in early February. That all said: It would also be a logistical nightmare — or, one step further, an impossibility. Per Silverstein, CEO Mark Murphy addressed the question by reminding shareholders that the NFL requires a Super Bowl host city to have 30,000 hotel rooms within the vicinity of the game. Green Bay? It only has 8,000. Long story short? Until the NFL eases those restrictions or officially partners with Airbnb … or until Green Bay decides to quadruple its hotel room output … a Super Bowl in Titletown simply isn’t happening. The closest they might get is in six months, when Minneapolis hosts the game.

No Russia collusion, 'nothing to hide,' Kushner tells Senate

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 18:1

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner answered questions from Senate investigators for hours behind closed doors Monday, acknowledging four meetings with Russians during and after Trump's victorious White House bid and insisting he had "nothing to hide." He emerged smiling to publicly declare, "All of my actions were proper."

Class action lawsuit against Timberwolves over ticket system nears settlement

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 17:42

A class-action lawsuit filed against the Timberwolves in 2016 over their implementation of their Flash Seats paperless ticketing system is nearing a settlement, according to an e-mail sent Monday from Brian Gudmundson, the attorney representing the plaintiffs, to at least one of the plaintiffs, Chris Hennen, which was obtained by the Star Tribune. The suit alleged that the implementation of Flash Seats “fundamentally, and unlawfully, alters the way Timberwolves ticket holders may use and transfer tickets” and was put in place to “control the use, resale, and transfer of tickets by season-ticket holders — and to employ minimum resale prices, added fees, and other draconian restrictions on subsequent transfers of the tickets.” The original plaintiffs argued that the organization implemented the Flash Seats system after season-ticket holders had already purchased their 2015-16 tickets and that had the plaintiffs — both of whom spent more than $20,000 this season on Timberwolves season tickets — known about the change it would have influenced their decisions. The case was filed in March 2016 in Hennepin County and was sent to an arbitrator in October. Per the e-mail from Gudmundson to Hennen, that process has led to a proposed settlement including these six points: *Every class-action member will be eligible to receive six upper level tickets from among 10 Timberwolves home games chosen by the team this season. *Class-action members get a free tour of the new Target Center, which will also be scheduled by the Timberwolves. *The Timberwolves will disclose explicitly and for the first time the 75 percent resale minimums right in the season membership agreement. *The Timberwolves are going to make a public statement regarding the settlement. *The Timberwolves are going to handle and pay for all notice and administration of the settlement. *The Timberwolves are going to pay $265,000 for attorneys’ fees and expenses, and class representative service awards. “This morning, we presented these agreed terms to the Arbitrator and asked him to preliminarily approve the settlement as being fair and reasonable on its face, and to allow notice to be mailed to class members,” Gudmundson wrote in the e-mail. “The arbitrator granted our request.” Plaintiffs will now receive a class action notice, though it sounds like Hennen isn’t exactly thrilled by the terms of the settlement. “I think it’s a ripoff,” he said. “We’re getting tickets to probably some bad games against bad teams in the upper deck.” Hennen said he joined the lawsuit after being unable to sell several games of his season-ticket package in 2015-16, the year Flash Seats was implemented, saying the minimum resale price was a factor. He said Timberwolves ticket representatives called last year and again this year to see if he was interested in buying season tickets, and he declined because Flash Seats is still the organization’s ticket system. Hennen said he liked the part of the settlement in which the Wolves will have to disclose the 75 percent minimum resale price, though he added, “If I buy the tickets, I should be able to sell them for the price I want to sell them for.” It’s possible, though, that Hennen constitutes a part of a small but vocal minority of fans. In a Dec. 2016 interview, Brad Ruiter, the Wolves’ VP of Communications, said of Flash Seats, “The vast majority of the feedback we have received from our ticket holders has been positive.”

Minneapolis proposal to restrict menthol tobacco sales sparks debate

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 20:47

Businesses balk at lost revenue; advocates cite health benefits.

Driver orders Jimmy John's, gets delivery while stalled on I-35W

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 12:46

Jimmy John's is the "freaky fast" sandwich chain that specializes in delivery anytime anywhere, and apparently that includes bringing dinner to motorists blocking traffic on the freeway.

Family of brain-dead California girl fights to reverse death

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 19:45

More than three years after a coroner declared a teenage girl dead, a Northern California judge is expected to soon decide whether to revoke her death certificate.

States that expanded Medicaid saw drop in medical debt, U study finds

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 20:42

U report said that states using expanded Medicaid eligibility helped low-income Americans.

School supply receipts could mean hundreds in tax savings

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 19:52

It’s time for parents to load up shopping carts with glue sticks, spiral notebooks and No. 2 pencils. In the bustle of back-to-school shopping, the state is reminding families to save those receipts: They could add up to hundreds of dollars of savings on state tax returns.

Buffalo Wild Wings' new small-format store debuts today in Edina

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 14:47

The first of two B-Dubs Express locations in Minnesota opens on Monday.

Fake Twin Cities street signs warn of 'easily startled' police

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 8:8

At least two orange street signs reading “Warning: Twin Cities police easily startled” were seen in the Twin Cities Sunday.

Shootings leave 6 wounded in Minneapolis over the weekend, ambulance struck by gunfire

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 21:43

None of the weekend injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

Allianz Life's deleted tweet puts company name on new Minnesota United stadium

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 21:36

Allianz’s tweet precedes Tuesday news conference.

Former state GOP chairman Keith Downey launches bid for governor

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 21:27

Keith Downey, a former chairman of the state Republican Party, joined the race for governor Monday with a promise to vastly cut the size of Minnesota’s government.

Chicago Bears' Jerrell Freeman saves man's life on way to training camp

Mon, 24, Jul 2017 15:9

– Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman was hustling through the Austin airport Sunday afternoon with a delayed flight and a hankering for some barbecue. So he angled toward the food court, placed his order at the Salt Lick Taco Bar and prepared to attack a chopped brisket sandwich.