Downtown Minneapolis Church Holding "Photobombed by Jesus" Event

All photos courtesy of Debbie Friez
It sure beats speaking in tongues, doesn't it?
Sunday morning, the Central Lutheran Church invites you to come to downtown Minneapolis and get photobombed by the son of God... or a likeness of him, at least.

From 10-11 a.m., the church is holding a "Get Photo Bombed by Jesus" event in celebration of the beginning of autumn.

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Minneapolis's drive to destroy kid's cool treehouse is kinda heartbreaking

Photo of Daniel's treehouse (visible at left) via Smith Wilkinson on Twitter
After a two-year drama, the Minneapolis Zoning Board will hold a public hearing tomorrow on whether to allow middle schooler Daniel Pryke to keep his impressive treehouse.

It doesn't look good. City staff's recommendation, phrased somewhat euphemistically, is to "deny... that the treehouse located at 1812 Emerson Ave S should be allowed to remain."

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Minneapolis moves toward deregulating bathrooms, allowing everyone in single-stalls

An ordinance change that would deregulate single-stall bathrooms in Minneapolis is sailing through the City Council process and should receive final approval next week.

The ordinance, which is the work of council member Andrew Johnson, would leave the choice of whether to have unisex bathrooms to individual businesses. Multi-person bathrooms, such as the ones at McDonald's restaurants, wouldn't be impacted.

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Minneapolis officials exploring raising minimum wage in city, à la Seattle

Frey (left) and Cano (right) support the idea of raising Minneapolis's minimum wage. (The two are pictured here with Rep. Ryan Winkler, who led the legislature's effort to increase the statewide minimum wage.)
The message conveyed by protesters who stormed the Uptown McDonald's last week was heard loud and clear by at least a couple members of the Minneapolis City Council.

Council member Alondra Cano tells us she's working with the U.S. Department of Labor to get a sense of the legal challenges the city could face if officials try to follow Seattle's lead and raise the minimum wage within its borders.

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Chris Lollie's arrest symptomatic of racist justice system, ACLU director argues

Lollie also certainly wouldn't have been forced to pose for this mugshot if he wasn't black, Chuck Samuelson argues.
For ACLU-MN Executive Director Chuck Samuelson, the most likely explanation for the way Chris Lollie was treated by St. Paul law enforcement -- including his rough arrest and the charges he was subsequently hit with  -- is skin deep.

"The justice system is slanted against African American males, and this is a perfect example," Samuelson told us during a recent interview.

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ACLU-MN director on Michael Brown: "Ferguson is maybe the canary in the coal mine"

Michael Brown (left) was shot dead by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson (right).
The officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is symptomatic of nationwide problems regarding the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they're supposed to serve and protect, Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the ACLU-MN, tells us.

"A lot of the ACLU's concern is that Ferguson is maybe the canary in the coal mine," he says. "There are a number of other communities where relationships between primarily white police departments and minority communities have been strained for years."

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Stillwater cafe now charging customers a "minimum wage fee"

Oasis Cafe says the minimum wage increase will cost it $10,000 yearly, and it's passing some of that on to customers.
:::: UPDATE :::: River Oasis Cafe getting killed for "Min Wage Fee" on Yelp

Last Friday, for the first time in nearly a decade, Minnesota's minimum wage went up. The first in a series of incremental hikes brought the wage floor from $6.15 to $8 per hour for relatively large companies, and from $5.25 to $6.50 for small ones.

As you'd expect, some businesses aren't thrilled about that -- especially bars and restaurants, as the new law doesn't include a tip exception.

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Mpls native Tim Torkildson fired from Utah school for blogging about homophones

Tim Torkildson photo via Facebook
Tim Torkildson was born in Minneapolis and lived here through his mid-20s, save for a stint working as a circus clown in Florida. (Seriously.) In fact, he even spent three semesters at the University of Minnesota.

After that, Torkildson bounced around, including stints in Thailand working both as a missionary and an English teacher. Back in the U.S., he got his teaching English as a foreign language certification, and earlier this year, that led to a job as a social media specialist and blogger with Nomen Global, a school in Provo, Utah that bills itself as "America's English Language School."

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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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