Stillwater church's sign vandalized to read, "God bless the KKK" [PHOTO]

The pastor, asked about suspects, says, "It looks to be like somebody who is a white supremacist."
Pastor John Kaiyalethe was summoned to work on his day off yesterday when the Oak Park Heights Police Department let him know somebody had vandalized the sign at his church, the Calvary Assembly, which sits just across the border from Stillwater at 5805 Osgood Avenue N.

The lettering of the sign, which had read "God Bless Oak Park Heights," had been changed to read, "God Bless the KKK."

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St. Paul road sign reads, "Local Moms Need C**k" [PHOTO]

Courtesy photo used with permission of Neal Lambert
Come again?
:::: UPDATE :::: Here's video of the sign in action

Tuesday night, someone messed with an electronic sign that was supposed to warn drivers about the flooding-induced closure of a stretch of Shepard Road in St. Paul.

As you can see above, the message was manipulated to read, "Local Moms Need Cock."

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Anti-LRT Woodbury guy has epic Obama-bashing Twitter account

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Steve Ellenwood, the "very active" Republican from Woodbury who organized Saturday's ill-fated anti-LRT protest, has some cogent reasons for opposing projects like the Green Line. We detailed them in this post.

His reasons for opposing just about everything else associated with the Democratic party are not quite as compelling. But thankfully for our entertainment, he's outlined them publicly on his Twitter account.

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Satirist Dan McCall battles Hillary Clinton PAC over "Ready for Oligarchy" design [IMAGES]

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This is the design that has McCall in trouble with a Hillary-supporting PAC.
:::: UPDATE (2:20 p.m.) :::: The Ready for Hillary PAC today retracted its "takedown demand," meaning McCall resolved the dispute and can resume selling his products on Zazzle without the need for litigation after all. Read a commentary by McCall's lawyer here.

Earlier this year, Sauk Rapids satirist Dan McCall won a legal victory over the federal government after National Security Agency reps tried to get online retailers to stop selling shirts emblazoned with the the agency's seal and slogans like this: "The NSA: The only part of government that actually listens."

The NSA essentially claimed their logo is copyrighted and couldn't be used without permission, an argument that didn't pass muster in light of the First Amendment's protection of satire. Now, a pro-Hillary Clinton group is making a version of that same argument to once again get McCall's products pulled from stores. (McCall also sells his shirts on his own site,

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Minneapolis considering park vaping ban

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The proposed ban would cover all forms of smoking and vaping.
The e-cig regulation Gov. Mark Dayton will almost certainly sign into law over the weekend doesn't outright ban vaping in public places. Bars and restaurants can continue to allow e-cigs inside their premises, assuming local laws don't prohibit it.

Speaking of local regulations, one that will soon be considered by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board would ban all forms of smoking and vaping throughout all Minneapolis parks.

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Rush Limbaugh on MN's "Asian carp" ban: "Political correctness is just going nuts"

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The Minnesota Senate recently approved legislation to remove the term "Asian carp" from statute. As we reported in March, the effort, spearheaded by Sen. John Hoffman (D-Champlin), is a response to concerns that "Asian carp" paints Asian people in a negative light.

But during his radio show yesterday, Rush Limbaugh expressed a very different type of worry -- one about how sensitive our public discourse has become (though expressed a bit more gruffly than that).

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Lawsuit is last-ditch effort to save historic T.P. Healy home in Wedge [PHOTOS]

Photos by Aaron Rupar
With the city unwilling to preserve it, the fate of 2320 Colfax will be decided in court.
:::: UPDATE (May 6) :::: The Healy Project elected not to seek an injunction during yesterday's hearing. Since the owner of 2320 Colfax doesn't plan to evict residents for at least a couple months, one isn't needed. Healy Project representative Trilly Busch tells us a judge ordered the case to move forward "with dispatch." A meeting between the preservation group's counsel and a judge is scheduled for later this month, Busch says.

The Minneapolis City Council recently green-lighted the demolition of a historic home built in 1893 by T.P. Healy at 2320 Colfax Avenue South in the Wedge. A lawsuit that will be the subject of a hearing today represents a preservationist group's last-ditch effort to spare it from the wrecking ball.

The house, which now serves as a 15-unit boarding home and is sometimes called the Orth House, was recognized as a possible historic resource by the Minneapolis Historic Preservation Commission last year. But property owner Mike Crow successfully applied for an application to demolish a historic resource, and the plan is to convert the property and an adjacent parcel into a large apartment building. (See a rendering of it here.)

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Red Wing, not Mpls, is first MN city to scrap Columbus Day

Red Wing no longer recognizes Columbus at all. Minneapolis didn't go quite as far.
The Minneapolis City Council recently approved a resolution renaming Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day on all officials city communication.

Minneapolis hasn't scrapped Columbus Day altogether, though. Going forward, the city will jointly recognize Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday in October, as that allows the city to avoid the trouble of having to rewrite city contracts that make specific reference to the controversial federal holiday.

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Uptown Vapor Shoppe removes "No Statutory Vape" sign following Facebook outcry

A Facebook screencap of the controversial sign and what people had to say about it.
Uptown Vapor Shoppe has been open at 2817 Hennepin Avenue for a year. Since day one, the business has had a sign in its window that says, "No Statutory Vape."

The sign's reference is meant to be to a store policy prohibiting minors from purchasing products. It had never been an issue until last Friday, when the Vapor Shoppe's Facebook page was slammed by commenters decrying the sign for making light of statutory rape.

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$4,500 for rent? Calhoun-area "rental condo" development would charge that much

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We know Minneapolis isn't cheap for renters, but this is ridiculous.

Greystar, the same developers who brought you the Elan Apartments on the Greenway, wants to charge $4,500 for apartments in a building proposed for 2626 W. Lake St., adjacent to the Calhoun Beach Club. No, not $4,500 per year -- $4,500 per month. And some units would be even more expensive, as $4,500 would be the average price tag in the eight-story building.

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