Police are investigating after an 18-year-old man was shot to death at a busy St. Paul intersection.  The shooting happened yesterday afternoon near Rice Street and West Winnipeg Avenue.  Investigators don’t believe the shooting was random.  It is the city’s 110th shooting of the year.

St. Paul libraries are facing shrinking budgets in 2020.  The budget proposed by Mayor Melvin Carter drops spending on collections by nearly 200-thousand dollars.  Library officials say reducing collections funding could mean fewer materials and longer wait times.  City officials say the proposed cut isn’t a result of eliminating fines.

The city of St. Paul is replacing ten inefficient public works vehicles with more environmentally-friendly models.  The move was announced yesterday as part of a collaboration between St. Paul Public Works and Environmental Initiative. A combination of grants and other funding will pay about a quarter of the cost for the new equipment.

Protesters blocked traffic on an Interstate near Minneapolis Sunday night following a vigil for a man police shot and killed after a car chase.  The moments leading up to the shooting were posted on a Facebook Live video that was started by 30-year-old Brian Quinones.  He was shot Saturday night after jumping out of his car, holding what appears to be a weapon.  Gunshots are heard a few seconds later.  His family led a candlelight vigil near the shooting scene in suburban Richfield, Minnesota Sunday night.  A number of people went from the vigil to Interstate 494 where they blocked traffic for about a half-hour.

Finding skilled labor is a big issue for Minnesota employers.  A new survey conducted by Associated General Contractors shows that roughly 92-percent of private Minnesota employers reported difficulty filling salaried and hourly craft positions.  Nearly half those surveyed believe it will be even harder to hire employees in the coming year.  The same amount of employers have used labor-saving equipment and automation to make up for unfilled positions.

Duluth’s mayor is proposing a bigger city budget.  Mayor Emily Larson is proposing a seven-percent city levy increase to generate more funds for her proposed budget.  Larson presented her proposed budget last night to the Duluth City Council.  Councilors will have until the end of the month to set the ceiling on the city’s property tax levels.

Drowning is being cited as the preliminary cause of death for a 21-year-old University of Minnesota Duluth student.  Jacob Lavoie’s body was pulled from the Minnesota Slip in Canal Park on Friday.  He had been missing since early on September 1st.

A Brooklyn Park man is facing a murder charge in connection with the death of his two-month-old son.  Court records show 19-year-old Derrick Johnson was charged yesterday with second-degree murder without intent.  Detectives allegedly overheard Johnson tell relatives he dropped the baby.  A doctor determined the injuries were consistent with abuse, but final autopsy results are pending.

Target is planning to increase its holiday hiring this year.  The Minneapolis-based retailer announced today that it will hire more than 130-thousand seasonal workers in stores and distribution centers.  Target expects to double the number of temporary workers with duties that include fulfilling online orders through its curbside and in-store pickup programs.  Seasonal employees will get at least 13-dollars an hour.

People living in Dinkytown will get a chance to chime in on proposed development in the area.  The planned construction could reach up to 25 stories and replace well-known businesses like McDonald’s and Dinkytown Wine and Spirits.  The proposal also calls for upgraded bus shelters, water stations and public art.  Tonight’s public meeting will take place at the University Lutheran Church of Hope.

Twins playoff tickets go on sale this week.  The team announced today that full 2019 postseason ticket strips for home games at Target Field will go one sale at noon on Thursday.  They will only be available online at twinsbaseball.com/Postseason.


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