Comment of the Day: Arrested for what?

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... and resisting arrest is an arrestable offense.
Minnesota is one of about two dozen states that doesn't have a "stop and identify" statute, meaning you aren't legally obligated to provide your name to law enforcement officers here.

Combine that with the point raised in today's Comment of the Day, and it's hard to figure out why Chris Lollie was roughly arrested by St. Paul cops.

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Comment of the Day: On Glen Taylor and Comic Sans

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Comic Sans: Glen Taylor's personal font?
On Tuesday, the Timberwolves came up with a cute tongue-in-cheek get-out-of-work note for folks who wanted to attend Andrew Wiggins's introductory State Fair news conference in person but were obligated to be at the office instead.

The organization chose a curious font for it, however.

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Comment of the Day: Was bike trail vandalism really the work of a devious DFLer?

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It's not even Labor Day, but some think the Dayton-Johnson contest is already getting dirty.
Well, the spray-painted "Dump Dayton" message on the Cedar Lake Regional bike trail certainly looks to be the work of a Jeff Johnson supporter. But maybe that's exactly what a devious Dem wants you to think.

After all, you wouldn't expect a lot of undecided or right-leaning voters to be peddling along a bike trail in the middle of the city, would you? And keep in mind that Johnson has made his desire to improve the state's roads and bridges at the expense of light rail a centerpiece of his campaign.

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Comment of the Day: No D in K-Love

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Kevin Love is one of the NBA's best offensive players and rebounders -- there's no doubt about that.

But in stark contrast to the Timberwolves' greatest Kevin, he's not known for playing defense.

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Comment of the Day: Being honest about bird-unsafe glass at Vikings stadium

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The new Vikings stadium will feature about 200,000 square feet of bird-unsafe glass.
First, the Vikings pleaded poverty in response to requests to spend about $1 million on bird-safe glass at the new stadium.

But in the wake of Friday's announcement that Zygi and Mark Wilf are spending their own dough to cover $46.1 million in stadium-related cost overruns, that's no longer a tenable position.

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Comment of the Day: Semi-automatics don't kill, people do?

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Here's a fact: In 2011, fistfights claimed more lives than rifles in Minnesota. Do with that what you will.
Our post about a gun rights group's allegation that Rep. Ron Erhardt threatened to shoot their president has sparked a heated debate about guns in the comment section.

One argument being trotted out is that since knives and fists are actually involved in more deaths than semi-automatics, politicians should try to ban stabbing and punching before they go after those types of firearms.

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Comment of the Day: The smell of food trucks

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"I love the smell of napalm in the morning."
As military helicopters darted above downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul this week, one local man had this reaction: That prompted reader John Bunch to reflect on this legendary scene from the classic Vietnam War movie, Apocalypse Now.

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Comment of the Day: Why militarized police are no laughing matter

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A scene from Ferguson, Missouri on Monday night.
Today, we give out our first joint Comment of the Day award to two commenters who had worthwhile things to say in response to our post on the joint military-law enforcement drills that surprised and scared people Monday night.

Our first winner gets recognized because he succinctly and persuasively refuted someone who thinks military choppers flying over the Twin Cities is no big deal. And our second gets the nod for providing some comic relief.

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Comment of the Day: Taking responsibility for Hidden Beach's issues

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A quiet evening at Hidden Beach.
In response to the news that the Kenwood neighborhood group is considering sending a resolution to the Park Board calling for the temporary closure of Hidden Beach, many readers put the Minneapolis Police Department on blast with comments of this sort:

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But that blame is misplaced. Larry Moran, chairman of the Kenwood board, tells us the resolution his neighborhood board is considering is largely a response to bad behavior by beach visitors, including property damage and drunk driving.


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Comment of the Day: On the militarization of the police

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Snipers monitor the crowd during a protest in Ferguson last week.
Our post about last week's tense Michael Brown vigil in north Minneapolis got longtime reader swmnguy thinking about police militarization.

It's an issue that's relevant locally, but has become a national topic of conversation following Missouri law enforcement's arguably over-the-top response to unrest in Ferguson following the officer-involved shooting of Brown.

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