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Some surprises on first filing day – The Republic

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On the first day that local residents could file a declaration of candidacy for the May 5 primary, Wednesday’s biggest election news may be more about who is not running, rather than who is.

Just one week after completing a year as Bartholomew County commissioner chairman, Rick Flohr confirmed he will not seek re-election to a third term.

Although Flohr retired as co-owner of Product Engineering Co. (PECO) in 2014, he’s been back working for his company since last January. He said he has been maintaining second shift hours at PECO after completing his responsibilities as a…

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2 North Minneapolis Homes Are Total Losses After Wednesday Night Fires – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Crews battled two house fires in north Minneapolis Wednesday night.

The Emerson Avenue fire (credit: CBS)

The Minneapolis Fire Department says the first fire started at about 8 p.m. on the 3600 block of Emerson Avenue North. A neighbor called 911 to report seeing smoke at the residence. This house could not be saved. Firefighters say it doesn’t appear anyone was inside.

About two miles north, a second fire was reported about an hour later at a two-story duplex 4800 block of Lyndale Avenue North. Investigators say the fire was burning on the second floor, and the…

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Business People: Target Corp. named Yahoo Finance Company of the Year for 2019 share price gain – St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Minneapolis based retailer Target Corp. was named Yahoo Finance‘s 2019 Company of the Year, with the financial news site citing sales tallies that have helped push shares of Target to an 88 percent year-to-date gain by December.

ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS

Marketing Architects, a Minneapolis-based independent TV advertising agency, has welcomed Catrina McAuliffe as senior vice president of Brand Strategy and Paul Schmidt as vice president of Client Growth. … Andy Reierson has been promoted to CEO of RR46, a Fargo, N.D.-based family of nine companies offering marketing…

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Housing makes a splash in ’19 – Finance and Commerce

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Some multifamily housing projects are part of a larger mixed-use development that will define neighborhoods or entire communities for decades to come. Some take advantage of challenging properties and their surrounding environment, natural and manmade, in creative and intriguing ways. Some are just really, really big.

The decade closed out with another busy year for Twin Cities apartment (and occasionally condominium) developers. The following 10 projects, each for its own reasons, are among the most interesting or significant developments we learned about in 2019. Some remain on the…

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Aspen cops respond to nearly 100 calls on New Year’s Eve – Aspen Times

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Local law enforcement officials were busy on New Year’s Eve with nearly 100 calls for service ranging from fake IDs to criminal mischief to an alleged sexual assault.

With Aspen lodges at near capacity and revelers out into the early-morning hours, Aspen Police Sgt. Rick Magnuson said Wednesday the officers responded to 97 calls over a 12-hour period starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday night.

The most serious was a report of a sexual assault at 1:42 a.m. Wednesday at a local bar. An 18-year-old Arkansas man was charged with a Class 3 felony. He posted $10,000 bond and is due back in Pitkin County…

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Real ID takes effect this year in Minnesota – KARE11.com

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MINNEAPOLIS — As you start the New Year, here’s something to put on your to-do list: You’ve only got nine months to comply with “Real ID” in Minnesota so you can fly or enter federal buildings.

Starting in October 2020, airport security, federal courthouses and military bases will no longer accept regular driver’s licenses for entry, now that Minnesota is allowing post-9/11 security reforms to take effect this year. Although you can use current documents like a passport without needing to obtain new documents, an upgraded “Real ID” will be necessary if you plan…

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Swing district Dems weigh impeachment vote – KARE11.com

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MINNEAPOLIS — The impeachment drama unfolding in the nation’s capital will create intense political pressure for lawmakers in swing districts, including Minnesota’s two freshman Democrats, Reps. Angie Craig and Dean Phillips.

“There will be tough decisions for cross-pressure Democrats, who are Democrats who represent districts that could be represented by a member of either party,” Kathryn Pearson, an expert on congressional politics at the University of Minnesota, told KARE.

“Craig and Phillips are likely hearing from partisans on both…

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Crookston School Board gives Superintendent go-ahead to continue exploring options for old bus garage buildings – Redwood Falls Gazette

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Superintendent and Transportation Director will meet with ICON architects about new bus garage specs, too

    The next steps for both the new bus garage, scheduled to be constructed near Highland Elementary School in 2020, and plans for the old bus garage were discussed at this week’s Crookston School Board meeting. Superintendent Jeremy Olson explained he’s looking into options for the current bus garage’s three…

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Gottheimer Fights to Repeal Harmful Medical Device Tax and to Lower Health Care Costs, Protect R&D for North Jersey Families, Businesses – InsiderNJ

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Gottheimer Fights to Repeal Harmful Medical Device Tax and to Lower Health Care Costs, Protect R&D for North Jersey Families, Businesses

 

Medical device tax suspension expires December 31, 2019

 

New Jersey’s Life Sciences supports 65,000+ jobs in the Garden State

 

WASHINGTON – On Monday, December 9, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) joined a group of Members of Congress in a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Schumer calling for a repeal of the medical…

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Fundraising focus for unopposed primary candidate John Shimkus – CU-CitizenAccess.org

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Despite being unopposed in the Republican primary and winning reelection to his seat by 41 percentage points over Democratic challenger Kevin Gaither, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus still spent $1.8 million during the 2018 election season.

That number was far less than the $3.4 million he spent in the 2016 election cycle, though that election included a primary challenge from Illinois state senator Kyle McCarter, who is now serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya.

Shimkus’s spending trailed that of candidates in competitive races in Illinois, such as the 6th, 13th and 14th districts. Among…

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Lewis, Paulsen face off with challengers Craig, Phillips, in lively TV debates – Denton Daily

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Jason Lewis and Erik Paulsen, GOP congressmen facing two of the most competitive races in the country, defended their records in lively back-to-back debates with their opponents on Friday.

In one of their final debates before the Nov. 6 election, the incumbents clashed with their Democratic challengers, Angie Craig and Dean Phillips, on Twin Cities Public Television’s “Almanac” over issues ranging from taxes to health care.

Lewis and Paulsen are fighting for re-election in their suburban districts, which have become two of the Democrats’ top targets to flip this year, drawing…

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Minneapolis First Responders To Pass Out 400 Hams – Patch.com

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From the Minneapolis Police Department:

by John Elder

December 9, 2019

Join MPD and other local first responders for the Hams for the Holidays event on Friday, December 20th from 5 to 7 PM!

Hyvee generously donated 400 ‘Hormel Cure 81 Hams’ to be distributed to benefit Minneapolis families in need at the Hospitality House (1220 Logan Ave. N).

The event will take place for 2 hours, or until the ham runs out.

The Hams for the Holidays events are first come, first served for the community. We hope to see you there!


This press release was produced by the Minneapolis Police Department.

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DNR to host employment event for military veterans – Southernminn.com

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting its third annual Veteran Employment Information Event on Thursday, Jan. 9 in St. Paul.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required to attend the free event. Veterans can register for a time slot between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. by going to tinyurl.com/dnrvets2020.

Many veterans want to work in a natural resources environment, and many military skills translate into DNR positions.

“If you’ve served in the military, you probably have a lot of experience relevant to many of our professional areas,”…

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POLITICO Playbook: America’s longest war finally has its Pentagon Papers moment – Politico

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AMERICANS HAVE LONG IGNORED the country’s longest war, launched when some of its current participants weren’t even alive. Afghanistan rarely makes headlines these days, and when it does, it’s often because one president or another is debating whether to pull troops out — and how…

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Deputy Ag Secretary: It Would Be Unfortunate if Speaker Pelosi Delayed Trade Pact Vote – DTN The Progressive Farmer

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“The longer we wait, [the more] it increases the pain the folks in Iowa like our farmers are getting right now,” she said.

President Donald Trump, in his defense against impeachment, has also frequently brought up that Pelosi has not made enough effort to pass USMCA.

MEXICO APPROVED DEAL

USMCA was signed last Nov. 30 by President Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Canada. Mexico’s…

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Group launches seven-figure ad buy boosting vulnerable Dems on drug prices | TheHill – The Hill
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Group launches seven-figure ad buy boosting vulnerable Dems on drug prices – The Hill

A Democratic group is launching $2 million in new digital ads highlighting vulnerable House Democrats’ efforts to lower drug prices. The ads from the group Protect Our Care illustrate how Democrats are seeking to keep their momentum going on health care after they focused on the issue in winning back the House last year. The ad buy shows that even as the impeachment inquiry into President Trump gains focus, Democrats are still trying to focus on kitchen-table issues like lowering drug prices. The new spending will bring the ads to 10 new districts of House freshmen, on top of the 10 districts that were part of an earlier $2 million buy in September focused on pre-existing conditions.
Minneapolis Pays $772K For Sculpture Despite City’s Severe Police Shortage – Blue Lives Matter
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Minneapolis Pays $772K For Sculpture Despite City’s Severe Police Shortage – Blue Lives Matter

Minneapolis city leaders have unanimously voted to dump over $772,000 into a moving sculpture for the new Public Service Building even though the city’s police force doesn’t have enough officers to respond to 911 calls. The Minneapolis City Council adopted the plan without any discussion on Oct. 25, KMSP reported. The sculpture itself came with a $394,517 price tag, plus another $377,590 for electrical, ceiling and programmable lighting components associated with the artwork.
ACLU Sues Minnesota, Seeking Restoration Of Felons’ Voting Rights – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
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ACLU Sues Minnesota, Seeking Restoration Of Felons’ Voting Rights – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the state of Minnesota to restore the voting rights of convicted felons who are on supervised release or probation. The group’s Minnesota chapter says the lawsuit filed Monday in Ramsey County District Court would affect more than 52,000 people who live and work in their communities, raise families and pay taxes but can’t vote.
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Rep. Omar files for divorce – MinnPost

The rumors were true. The Sahan Journal reports: “Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has filed for divorce from her husband, Ahmed Hirsi. … Ilhan officially filed for divorce on Oct. 4 — her birthday — in Hennepin County District Court. The divorce filing cites an “irretrievable breakdown” of their marriage relationship. … Ilhan and Ahmed were married to each other religiously for nearly two decades. They legally married on Jan. 5, 2018.”
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Despite opposition, plans move ahead for Somali mall in Minneapolis – Star Tribune

Abdi Warsame came to the community center to talk about his vision for Africa Village, his long-envisioned mall for Minneapolis’ East African hub. He never got the chance. Protesters shouted and hoisted signs the moment the two-term City Council member entered the crowded room that night in August. He stood above his supporters in an attempt to address them, but gave up within a few minutes. A month later, at a coffee shop downtown, Warsame dismissed the opposition that night as “a little passionate discourse between the community.”
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Lewes History Book Festival marks another successful year – CapeGazette.com

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Novelist Alice Hoffman is interviewed by Maribeth Fischer about her book “The World That We Knew,” which deals with the Jewish experinece in France during World War II.

 

Alice Hoffman answers audience questions posed by Jen Mason, History Book Festival co-founder.

 

Author Lynne Olson speaks to a full house at Bethel United Methodist Church about the book “Madame Fourcade’s Secret War,” the story of a daring young woman who led a spy network against Hitler.

 

Pulitzer Prizer winner Rick Atkinson opened the festival at Bethel United Methodist…

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Chair! Chair! Chair! This is my chair but it is not THE Chair! $5 Bits Of Broken Trophy Week! – Corn Nation

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This is an exciting week in the Johnston household!!

My oldest son (not the rotten one) is buying a townhome and moving out!!!!! I am exciting for him and his GF and my (kind of) granddaughter so they can get their own place!!!!!! They will be removing a gob of stuff from my house!!!!! They will be leaving so we can all enjoy each other’s lives!!!!!

I am using too many exclamation points!??!!?!?!!

YES!!!!!!

Look at this!!!!

This is my chair. This has been my office the last 2.5 years. It’s not a good office. My posture is that of an 855-year old man. This is not good. When the…

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