Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Workers Join Call for $15 Minimum Wage

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All photos by Jesse Marx
The next time you're waiting for your flight to unload at MSP Airport, look out the window for a bald bag handler with a ZZ Top beard.

You see him? That's Eric Wickstrom. He earns $12 an hour and can count himself among the luckier airport workers because he doesn't earn $8.

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Kahler Nygard confronts TSA agents as they try to search him after a flight [VIDEO]

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From cell phone video taken by Kahler Nygard
Jay Nygard, as you may recall, is the Orono-based rabble rouser who nearly went to jail this summer for refusing to take down a personalized wind turbine. Well, a new battle presented itself last week -- this one involving his son and an higher level of government.

"He took on the city," says Nygard the younger, known as Kahler. "I took on the feds."

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Second Minnesotan to die fighting for ISIS in Syria reportedly had security clearance at MSP

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Abdirahmaan Muhumed pic via Facebook
Abdirahmaan Muhumed grew up in Minneapolis, but he became the second Minnesotan to die fighting for ISIS in Syria this summer. (We wrote about the first, Douglas McCain, a week ago.)

But perhaps the scariest aspect of Muhumed's story is what he was reportedly doing for work before leaving America. According to Fox 9, he worked at MSP cleaning planes and had a security clearance giving him unfettered access to the airport's tarmac.

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Video shows MSP cops roughing up Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett after he swears at them

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Jarrett on the air (left); his mugshot (right).
Video of Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett's May 21 arrest at MSP Airport shows him swearing at a cop just before the officer gets fed up, puts him in an arm bar, and roughly slams him to the ground. (Read the backstory here.)

The altercation took place while Jarrett, who was fresh out of rehab at the time, was in custody "for a possible detox/crisis hold due to the reports received that he was mixing medications with alcohol" at an MSP bar, as an officer put it in his report. But after the incident, one of the officers handcuffed him and said, "Now you're going to jail."

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Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett said he'd been drinking vodka since 9 a.m. day of MSP arrest

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Jarrett on the air (left); his mugshot (right).
Around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett had been served just one drink by a bartender at the MSP Airport's Northern Lights Grill when police were summoned to the scene to deal with him, according to a police report about his arrest. (Read the backstory here.)

A visibly intoxicated Jarrett wouldn't answer questions posed to him by an officer, who described him as "very unsteady while sitting at the bar, swaying back and forth while sitting, having to use the bar to support him from falling over."

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Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett arrested at MSP; was allegedly drunk, belligerent [MUGSHOT]

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Jarrett's mugshot
:::: UPDATE :::: Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett said he'd been drinking vodka since 9 a.m. day of MSP arrest

Longtime Fox News TV anchor Gregg Jarrett was arrested yesterday afternoon at MSP Airport for allegedly obstructing the legal process/interfering with a peace officer.

Just before 2 p.m., police responding to a report of a drunken man found Jarrett, drunk, at the Northern Lights Grill in Terminal One. He refused to obey orders and was arrested, MSP spokesman Patrick Hogan tells us.

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FAA scraps plan to automate takeoffs at MSP, cites safety concerns

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The Federal Aviation Administration is currently in the process of automating takeoff and landing routes at airports throughout the country.

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It's akin to driving with cruise control. The possibility for human error is reduced as pilots follow the same standardized paths. (The so-called Area Navigation [RNAV] routes also save fuel.)

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Drunk, belligerent woman removed from flight diverted to MSP [VIDEOS]

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This woman's bad behavior forced a pilot to make an unplanned pit stop at MSP.
A Friday night Baltimore-to-Salt Lake City flight was diverted to MSP so authorities could remove a drunken, belligerent woman who was threatening to "f**king kill" another passenger who rejected her sexual advances.

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A woman named Luz Dinorah PadrĂ³ filmed the mayhem with her phone camera from inside the plane and later uploaded footage to YouTube. According to her account of events, the woman made a pass at another passenger "after having a few drinks."

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Interest in flights from MSP to Denver has never been higher since Colorado legalized pot

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Searches for flights from MSP to Denver are up more than searches from just about any other airport recently, and don't kid yourself into believing it's because of skiing or the Broncos.

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Instead, the reason is legal weed, or at least that's the conclusion emerging from a study put together by the travel research website Hopper.

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MSP's Terminal 2 shut down after woman tries to sneak propane tank through security

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MSP from above.
Something alternatively described as a suspicious package or suspicious box shut down MSP's Terminal 2 this morning. Terminal 1 was unaffected.

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With lots of holiday travelers taking to the skies, that state of affairs is obviously far from ideal. But in this day and age, officials took proper precautions and evacuated that part of the airport until it could be determined the box/package wasn't dangerous.

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