St. Paul Police Chief Plans to Spend 2020 Getting the Word ‘Slavery’ Removed from State Constitution

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said he is “troubled by a clause” in the Minnesota Constitution that includes the world “slavery” and hopes to “ignite a movement” to get it removed.

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Macalester College President Wants to Remove Name of ‘Racist’ Founder From Building

The president of Macalester College in St. Paul wants to remove the name of founder Edward Duffield Neill from an on-campus building because of racist views he expressed in his writings.

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St. Paul Police Chief Says Gun-Related Homicides ‘Most in History of Department,’ Officers ‘Absolutely Exhausted’

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell told the media this week that detectives in the homicide and special investigations units are “absolutely exhausted” and said he’s reaching out to the FBI for help in tackling the record homicide rates.

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Ellison Suggests Creating ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ Program to Monitor Online Speech

Attorney General Keith Ellison hosted a day-long summit on hate crimes Wednesday at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul where he floated the idea of creating a countering violent extremism, or CVE, program for monitoring online speech.

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St. Paul Mayor Declined Participation in Violence Prevention Program as City’s Homicide Rates Soar

A report published Sunday claims that St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter abandoned an effort to help reduce violence in St. Paul as the capital city experiences the worst homicide rates in at least a decade.

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Republican Wants Legislature to Address Metro Transit Safety After Report Shows Increase in Violent Crimes

A Republican lawmaker plans to introduce a package of bills to address Metro Transit light rail safety after a new report showed rising levels of crime and violence at stations across the Twin Cities.

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Republican Wants Legislature to Address Metro Transit Safety After Report Shows Increase in Violent Crimes

A Republican lawmaker plans to introduce a package of bills to address Metro Transit light rail safety after a new report showed rising levels of crime and violence at stations across the Twin Cities.

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Conservatives Intervene in Lawsuit Because Ellison Has ‘Failed’ to Defend Minnesota’s Pro-Life Laws, ‘Financially Abused Taxpayers’

Three conservative groups said Monday that Attorney General Keith Ellison “has failed Minnesotans” for his lackluster defense of the state’s pro-life laws in a legal challenge brought against the state of Minnesota by pro-abortion advocates. 

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Minneapolis and St. Paul School Districts Allowed Students to Skip Class for Climate Strike

The Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts reportedly alerted parents that their children would not be disciplined for participating in Friday’s global youth climate strike.

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Congregant Involved in Latest St. Paul Shooting Had Legal Permit to Carry, Returned Suspect’s Fire

A St. Paul man was murdered Wednesday night outside of his church, though there could have been more victims were it not for one congregant’s legal permit to carry a firearm.

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Lawmakers Renew Calls for Privatizing Minnesota’s Twin Cities Public Television After Station Destroyed Embarrassing Footage of First Lady Walz

Minnesota Republicans are renewing their calls to privatize public television stations after new reports revealed that Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) deleted embarrassing footage of First Lady Gwen Walz at the request of the governor’s office.

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Group Plans Rally at State Capitol Against ‘Dangerous’ Comprehensive Sex Ed Requirements

The Child Protection League is hosting a rally on the steps of the Minnesota Capitol on September 22 to “send a message to legislators to protect our children from a Minnesota school mandate that schools must teach Comprehensive Sex Ed curricula.”

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Teacher Retaliated Against for Criticizing ‘Racial Equity’ Policy Can Seek Punitive Damages from St. Paul Schools

A U.S. magistrate judge has ruled that Aaron Benner, a former St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) teacher, can seek punitive damages against his former employer, which allegedly retaliated against him after he criticized its “racial equity” policy.

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Washington Post Goes Out of Its Way to Smear Minnesota Conservative Journalist

Katherine Kersten, a popular conservative writer and senior policy fellow at the Center of the American Experiment, was lied about and smeared in the pages of The Washington Post this week. 

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Warren Pitches Free-College at Minnesota School That Costs Up to $68,000 Per Year

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren brought her free-college message Monday evening to Macalester College, a progressive haven located in St. Paul, Minnesota that costs up to $68,000 a year to attend.

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St. Paul School District to Pay $4 Million Penalty for Health Plan Change

The St. Paul Federation of Educators (SPFE) is switching to the Public Employees Insurance Plan (PEIP), a health plan that would lower SPFE premiums by five percent but hike HealthPartner premiums by up to 22 percent.

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Former Coleman Staffer to Host ’70 Miles for 70 Years’ Cancer Benefit at Xcel

Erich Mische, former chief of staff to Norm Coleman, plans to walk the concourse of the Xcel Energy Center 300 times (totaling 70 miles) in celebration of Coleman’s 70th birthday and to benefit the families of cancer patients.

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Walz Asks Senate Republicans to ‘Suspend’ Effort Seeking Information on Fraud in Government

Gov. Tim Walz has asked Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa) to “suspend” a Senate Republican effort seeking information on “abusive or fraudulent behavior” in the state government.

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St. Paul’s Gun Control Protest for Kids Organized by Anti-Trump Organization

  More than 1,000 kids took part in a march last week from the Cathedral of St. Paul to the Minnesota State Capitol to call for an end to gun violence. The march received significant media attention, but the organization behind the event was left mostly undiscussed. The protest in…

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Same DFL Staffer Who Called for Murder of Republicans Faces Backlash for Labeling New Navy Ship ‘Murder Boat’

  A DFL staffer who once called for sending Republicans “to the guillotines” faced backlash over the weekend for calling the new USS Minneapolis-St. Paul a “murder boat.” William Davis, a research director and deputy communications director for the DFL, made the comments in response to the christening of the…

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St. Paul Public Library Hosting ‘Drag Story Hour’ for Preschoolers

  St. Paul Public Library is scheduled to host three “Drag Story Hours” throughout the summer that will “bring together a traditional library storytime with the performance art of drag.” “Participants can expect to sing children’s songs, listen to stories about kindness and inclusion, make crafts, and join in a…

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Pence Calls on Congress to Pass USMCA During Visit to Minnesota

  Vice President Mike Pence called on Congress to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) during his visit to Minnesota Thursday. Pence made two stops during his Minnesota visit, first talking with farmers at R & J Johnson Farms in Glyndon before making his way down to St. Paul to…

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St. Paul Canceled $100K Fireworks Display, But Will Pay $225K to Bring Red Bull Event to Town

The City of St. Paul has agreed to bring Red Bull’s Flugtag event back to town at a cost of $225,000, raising questions about why the city canceled its $100,000 Fourth of July fireworks display last year. Flugtag, which means “flying day” in German, is a “human-powered gliding” competition that…

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Republican Bill on Female Genital Mutilation Has Yet to Receive a Hearing in Minnesota House

A Republican-backed bill in the Minnesota House that would expand criminal penalties for female genital mutilation has yet to receive so much as a committee hearing. The bill was introduced January 24 by Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) and has 17 Republican cosponsors, but not a single Democratic cosponsor. As The…

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Minnesota’s Mainstream Media Received $330,000 Grant for Two-Day Conference on Racial Bias in Reporting

Minnesota’s “mainstream media professionals” gathered for a two-day conference this week at Hamline University to discuss the “impact that racial narratives have on individuals, communities, and trust in media—and how they can collaborate to change it.” The conference, called “Truth and Transformation: Changing Racial Narratives in Media,” was made possible…

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Keith Ellison, Alleged Domestic Abuser, Celebrates International Women’s Day

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who has been accused of domestic abuse twice, spoke Friday at a press conference to celebrate International Women’s Day. “This International Women’s Day 2019 we celebrate the passage of the ERA in the Minnesota House. Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of…

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Minnesota College That Offers Students ‘Christ-Centered’ Education Bans Pro-Life Speaker from Campus

The University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota prohibited a conservative club from hosting prominent pro-life speaker Star Parker for an on-campus event. The campus Young America’s Foundation (YAF) chapter invited Parker to speak on campus, but administrators alerted the group in a February 20 email that “there were quite…

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Ex-Muslim Turned Christian Pastor Speaks at Minnesota Capitol Ahead of Court Hearing

A group of Minnesotans gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday night to host a prayer rally for Pastor Ramin Parsa, who was arrested at the Mall of America in August on charges of misdemeanor trespassing. As The Minnesota Sun reported in November, Parsa visited Minnesota in August and was invited…

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Walz Will Reexamine Budget Proposal ‘Line By Line’ After Forecast Comes Up $492 Million Short of Previous Estimates

Gov. Tim Walz (D-MN) will have to reexamine his budget proposal “line by line” after Thursday’s budget forecast came up $492 million short of November’s estimated $1.5 billion surplus. It’s only been nine days since Walz unveiled his first budget proposal for the 2020-2021 biennium, which capped out at $49.5…

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St. Paul’s Black Dog Cafe Regularly Hosts Trump Resistance Groups for Political Events

St. Paul’s popular Black Dog Cafe regularly hosts resistance groups formed in response to President Donald Trump’s 2016 election for political events. A collection of groups calling themselves “The MNLeg Coalition” meet once a month for a “Third Thursdays” event that provides the “progressive-values loving community” a chance to “come…

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Archbishop Joins DFL Legislators at Capitol in Push to Provide Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

House DFL legislators joined community organizers Thursday for a press conference to call for providing driver’s licenses to all Minnesotans, “regardless of immigration status.” House Majority Ryan Winkler (D-Golden Valley) was accompanied by colleagues Rep. Aisha Gomez (D-Minneapolis), Rep. Rod Hamilton (D-Mountain Lake), and others in unveiling House File (HF)…

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