Military Violated Agreement with Low-Flying Helicopter Training, Minneapolis Officials Say

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A helicopter hovers over the Minneapolis Federal Reserve building on August 18.
During yesterday's Minneapolis City Council public safety committee meeting, officials threw the military under the bus for the decried helicopter training that took place over the Twin Cities last month.

Matt Clark, assistant police chief, told council members that Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman "needed to approve allowing [the military] to train within both cities." But deputy city attorney Peter Ginder said the military violated the agreement by flying helicopters low over both downtowns.

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"No New Quagmires" Protest Takes Aim at U.S. Involvement in Syrian Conflict

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"It was the U.S. invasion and occupation that destroyed Iraq and brought about the current crisis," MPAC says. "Nothing the Pentagon does can undo that or bring about peace."
The Minnesota Peace Action Coalition (MPAC) is organizing a "No New Quagmires" protest tomorrow, scheduled for 4 p.m. along the sidewalks at Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue in south Minneapolis.

In the wake of Congress approving President Obama's request for authorization to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants, protesters plan to demand "No New Iraq War!" and "No U.S. War in Syria."

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Felon Richard Rahn Suspected of Impersonating Military Officer, Gets Busted with Guns

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Initially, police thought Richard Arthur Rahn was just an impostor, donning a military uniform full of pins, insignias, and medals he never earned as he made as way through VFW halls and events near his home in Willmar, Minnesota.

But when they investigated, they found worse. He was a felon, busted for drug possession and burglary. And they received numerous tips that he had guns -- illegal for felons to own. Police charged Rahn earlier this week for the gun possession, but if his lying catches up to him, he could end up facing far worse.

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Mpls public safety chair Blong Yang says he knew nothing about military exercises

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Smiley Hill on Twitter
A helicopter hovers over the Minneapolis Federal Reserve building on August 18.
:::: UPDATE (September 11) :::: Due to lack of quorum at yesterday's meeting, the public safety hearing has been rescheduled for September 27.

Tomorrow, the Minneapolis City Council public safety committee will hold a hearing on the loud, scary military training exercises that took place over Minneapolis a few nights in a row last month.

Ahead of that meeting, we asked public safety committee chair Blong Yang what he knew about the military exercises before helicopters were flying overhead. He tells us he wasn't kept in the loop at all.

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MPD apologizes for helicopters; night two of military training features loud, unlit choppers

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Can you spot the military helicopter flying above downtown Minneapolis in this picture?
You might not have seen helicopters buzzing around the Twin Cities around 11 p.m. last night, but if you live near downtown Minneapolis, you almost certainly heard them.

That's because the damn things were flying around without their lights on during the second night of joint military-law enforcement training.

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Bad timing: Helicopter exercises rile Twin Cities same day Obama questions police militarization

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Smiley Hill on Twitter
A helicopter hovers over the Minneapolis Federal Reserve building last night.
:::: UPDATE :::: MPD apologizes for helicopters; night two of military training features loud, unlit choppers

Last night, people in Minneapolis and St. Paul were surprised and scared to see and hear helicopters flying at low altitudes above them.

Folks took to the interwebs to wonder, what the hell is going on? The intrigue was especially thick because local authorities had given no advance warning about whatever was taking place.

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Surprise reunion of soldier and his wife at Wild game will make you cry happy tears [VIDEO]

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The Minnesota Wild helped make Jamie Jenn's birthday very special.

Jenn thought she was taking part in a run of the mill intermission contest last night when, out of nowhere, the scoreboard's video feed was interrupted by her husband, Crystal native Specialist Nick Jenn, who's currently on leave from his third tour of duty in Kuwait.

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Wisconsin soldier suspended for controversial casket photo

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Photos posted to Facebook by Specialist Terry Harrison have created a firestorm of negativity and resulted in the Madison-based National Guard soldier's suspension.

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The photo Harrison shared of her National Guard Honor Guard (visible at the top of this page) ignited the controversy. But as that photo spread around the internet, this similarly objectionable post also came to light:

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Rick Nolan gets into "heated exchange" with John Kerry for comparing Syria to Vietnam

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Nolan is "vehemently opposed to a military strike" in Syria.
Democratic northern Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan has emerged as one of the most staunch opponents of President Obama's desire to launch some sort of military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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According to a Politico report, during a conference call yesterday in which Secretary of State John Kerry tried to sell members of Congress on the necessity of a military strike, Nolan and Kerry got into a "heated" exchange after Nolan compared Syria to Vietnam. Kerry, of course, was wounded while serving there.

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Mark Dayton has some tough talk for Virginia and those damn Confederates

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This flag, currently on display in St. Paul, ain't going anywhere, Dayton said.
During yesterday's Capitol sendoff for a group of Minnesota Civil War reenactors who are headed to Pennsylvania to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, Governor Mark Dayton said it would basically take another civil war for Virginia to reclaim a Confederate flag that was seized by Minnesota soldiers during the 1863 battle.

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The Virginia 28th's blood-stained, bullet-pierced flag is currently on display at the Minnesota History Center, but some Virginians, including Governor Bob McDonnell, want it returned to its state of origin.

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