Kenwood neighborhood wants Hidden Beach to close at 4 p.m.

Categories: Minneapolis
Nick Vlcek for City Pages
The Kenwood neighborhood is offering to pay $5,000 for added police patrols to enforce the earlier closing time.
Following a meeting last week, the Kenwood Isles Neighborhood Association is calling on the Minneapolis Park Board to change the closing time of East Cedar Lake Beach (otherwise known as Hidden Beach) to 4 p.m. for the rest of the season, at least.

The beach currently closes at 10 p.m., but the neighborhood, citing problems with intoxicated misbehavior, late-night loitering, and property crimes (among other issues), has come to the conclusion that the status quo can't be maintained.

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Audubon Society to deliver 77k signatures to guv calling for fritted glass on Vikings stadium

Categories: Animals, Vikings
Bill Majoros on Flickr Creative Commons
According to Audubon, birds like this Canada Warbler often perish when they collide with glass buildings.
At about 10 a.m. today, the Minnesota Audubon Society will deliver a petition with about 77,000 signatures -- 6,000 or so of them from Minnesotans -- to Gov. Mark Dayton calling for the installation of fritted glass on the new Vikings stadium.

"'The People's Stadium' shouldn't be killing the people's birds," Matthew Anderson, executive director of Audubon Minnesota, tells us.

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Minnesota Family Council decries settlement forcing Little Falls business to host gay wedding

Categories: GLBT, Law
Cole Frey and Adam Block
Cole Frey and his fiance, Adam Block, wanted to have their wedding at LeBlanc's Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation in Little Falls. But when the business owner found out the wedding involved two dudes, they told the couple to look elsewhere.

Frey and Block informed officials in the state's Department of Human Rights about the situation. One of them contacted the Little Falls business pretending to want to schedule their own gay wedding there and received pretty much the same treatment Frey and Block did.

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Johnson supporter vandalizes bike trail to get out the message

Categories: Bicycle, Politics

The infamous Cedar Lake Trail graffiti

The ride from St. Louis Park to Minneapoils along the Cedar Lake Regional bike trail is normally uneventful -- a few twists and tunnels are all the excitement you'll get. But lately, you'll find something different among the gravel and debris a few hundred feet from Target Field. A message has sprouted up on the pavement, spelled out in big, white, spray-painted letters, from a graffiti artist with a point to make.

"DUMP DAYTON," the message reads, sprawled out in all caps. Underneath it sits a big white checkmark, and another hastily spray-painted name: "JEFF JOHNSON."

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Royalton, MN, police department possesses a grenade launcher it does not want or need

Categories: Guns, Police
Not in Royalton, Minnesota
Royalton is a small town in central Minnesota, population 1,242. The police department has one full-time officer and two part-timers. Between them you'll find the standard cop gear: guns, vests, uniforms. But also a grenade launcher.

A tad excessive? Adam Gunderson, the chief of police, wouldn't disagree.

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MNGOP feigns outrage over lame Al Franken cone boob video

Categories: Al Franken, MNGOP
Immature? Sure. Worthy of self-flagellation? No.
In April, then-U.S. Senate hopeful Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen) distributed an absurd petition calling for Al Franken to apologize for a secretly recorded 2012 video showing him joking around in an Arizona driveway with traffic cones.

The whole thing was a blatant attempt to score cheap political points, as Franken has nothing to apologize for. Don't believe us? Check out the raw footage below the jump.

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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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Charges: Angela Jackson ran down Tarrince Winbush outside Bulldog over dispute about tab

Categories: Crime
Angela Jackson
Angela Jackson faces a first-degree attempted murder charge for allegedly running down 39-year-old Tarrince Winbush outside the Bulldog near 26th Street and Lyndale Avenue in south Minneapolis just before bar close on the morning of August 16.

According to the charging document, the beef between Winbush and Jackson, 37, stemmed from an unpaid bar tab.

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Pioneer Press stands by report about two St. Paul officials' romance

Photos of Hahm (left) and Brendmoen (right) via city of St. Paul
"I make policy decisions based solely on what I believe is in the best interest of the citizens of the ward, and of the city," Brendmoen told the PiPress.
Last week, the Pioneer Press published a report entitled, "Romance between St. Paul officials bothers some people."

The piece is about the relationship between City Council member Amy Brendmoen and Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hahm. It raises questions about how their romance, which they haven't tried to keep secret, could potentially impact decisions made by city officials.

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Bye Bye K-Love: A tribute to a Timberwolves all-time great [VIDEO]

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The K-Love era stunk from a wins-and-losses standpoint, but his individual greatness can't be denied.
With the blockbuster trade now finalized, there will be plenty of time to get excited about the new batch of young, athletic Timberwolves, headlined by top draft choice Andrew Wiggins, who will be publicly introduced to Minnesota by Flip Saunders during a press conference at the State Fair tomorrow.

But before we let ourselves completely wig out about Wiggins, we want to take a moment and recognize Kevin Love for the relatively thankless job he's done establishing himself as the unquestioned second-best player in T-Wolves franchise history over the past six years.

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