Meth lab found in nice southwest Minneapolis neighborhood

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Gonser (left) and Johnson
Members of the U.S. Marshals North Star Fugitive Task Force got a rude awakening when they tried to apprehend a fugitive at a house at 5137 Abbott Avenue South in the Fulton neighborhood of southwest Minneapolis last Friday morning.

When officers entered the home behind 37-year-old Jeremy Gonser, who was wanted for two felony counts of drug possession and another count of gross misdemeanor theft, their eyes began to itch and burn. The scent of chemicals wafted in the air.

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Poll: Minnesotans remain split on same-sex marriage one year later

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It's been eight months since Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke said, "I do," becoming the first same-sex married couple in Minnesota. The moment marked a victory for equality and human dignity -- but above all, love.

Not everyone saw it that way at the time, and they still don't today. On Monday, KSTP-TV released polling conducted by SurveyUSA that shows Minnesotans remain split on the law, about one year after Gov. Mark Dayton signed it. Of those surveyed, 47 percent approved, 45 percent disapproved, and 7 percent were apparently plagued by indecision.

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MPD cop isn't in trouble for taking photo of festive U of M women

Categories: Police, U of M
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Via @BeccaBabble (left) and @MeeshballSub (right).
As Thursday's night Dinkytown hockey riot wound down, a Minneapolis cop took a moment to snap a photo of an officer dressed in riot gear posing with two school spirit-filled women.

The cop's photo is at right. At left is a photo of the photo taken by University of Minnesota junior Becca Leighton, who told us, "I thought it was too funny that he has his baton between his legs while he's holding up a camera and taking a picture."

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North Minneapolis gunshots send driver up power pole [PHOTOS]

Categories: Minneapolis
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The picture at the top of this post shows the precarious situation a car ended up in after gunshots rang out in the area of Queen Avenue and Golden Valley Road in north Minneapolis yesterday evening.

"Shots were fired at the car, the driver swerved and went up the power pole, causing a power outage," Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder tells us.

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Michael Juberian, star Augsburg linebacker, faces felony charge for Dinkytown riot

Categories: Crime, U of M
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Michael Juberian's mugshot
As of this morning, the only person charged with a felony in connection with either of the Dinkytown riots is 22-year-old Richfield native Michael Juberian. (See our photo recaps of Thursday night's riot here and Saturday night's here)

Juberian faces a felony count of rioting with a dangerous weapon and a gross misdemeanor count of assaulting a peace officer for allegedly throwing bottles, rock, and a chunk of concrete at cops during Saturday night's mayhem.

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St. Paul and Mpls both make top 10 of "Greenest Cities" list

Categories: Environment, Lists
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Michael Adams
St. Paul ranks just ahead of Minneapolis in NerdWallet's list of the "Greenest Cities in America," but both cities crack the top 10.

The list ranks the county's 95 largest cities using an algorithm that accounts for the median Air Quality Index, number of parks per 10,000 residents, the percentage of commuters not using cars, and wasted fuel as a result of traffic congestion. St. Paul clocks in 8th, Minneapolis 10th.

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Bizarre Alexandria sex law is an internet myth

Categories: Law, Sex
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Last week, SmarterTravel.com published its list of the "10 strangest sex laws in the USA."

Cracking the list was this doozy, purportedly from Alexandria, Minnesota: It's against the law for a man to have sex with his wife if his breath smells of garlic, onions, or sardines.

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Jason Kubel proves you can go home again

Categories: Baseball

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Jason Kubel (far right) during the national anthem at the Target Field home opener.
A new favorite past time in Twins Territory is tracking all the former players for the Minnesota ball club who have gone on to greater success elsewhere. The last few years have been agonizing as players who made up the core of the team for so long have moved to greener fields - and bigger contracts.

But let's be honest. Did anyone really imagine that Latroy Hawkins, at age 41, would still be pitching? Or that Torii Hunter and A.J. Pierzynski would be effective, everyday players into their late 30s? Not many thought Joe Nathan would come back from Tommy John surgery to remain one of the game's elite closers. And let's not even go there with David Ortiz. When he was here, Big Papi was a big bust.

The list goes on and on, but one of the ones that got away has returned to the Twins and it must be said: It's good to have Jason Kubel back.

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Republicans call on Rick Nolan to cancel fundraiser featuring convicted child molester

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An upcoming Nolan fundraiser features a performance by Yarrow (right).
In 1970, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame pleaded guilty to taking "immoral and improper liberties with... a female child." The charge stemmed from an incident that took place the year before in a D.C. hotel room where Yarrow, then 31, allegedly had sexual relations (but not sex) with a 14-year-old girl.

As a result, the National Republican Congressional Committee is calling on 8th District Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan to cancel an April 25 Duluth fundraiser he's scheduled with the renowned folk singer/songwriter.

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DFL bill calls on Congress to overturn Citizens United

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Rep. Dehn is leading a push to get Congress to propose a constitutional amendment pertaining to campaign finance laws.
The Minnesota Senate already passed legislation calling on Congress to overturn Citizens United, the controversial 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations, associations, or labor unions. Now, the House is trying to do the same thing.

The bill's chief author, Rep. Ray Dehn, D-Minneapolis, says as things stand right now, the House vote will come down to a "thin margin."

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