If voters uphold St. Paul’s trash collection system, they may see lower garbage bills in 2020.  City public works staff are recommending lower rates next year.  Residents could save between just over 13-dollars and just over 14 dollars a year on trash collection.  The City Council is expected to vote on the new rates next month if the current system stays in place.

A renovated transit station is now open at the Mall of America.  The 25-million dollar overhaul of the station debuted yesterday.  The station is the ending spot for Blue Line light rail trains and the Red Line bus-rapid transit line, as well as several bus routes.  Around two-and-three-quarter-million passengers are expected to use the station annually.

St. Paul’s proposed ordinance raising the tobacco purchasing age to 21 would penalize retailers but not customers.  The City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the issue tomorrow and to vote the following week.  If the ordinance passes, St. Paul will be one of nearly 50 Minnesota jurisdictions to raise the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21.

An 18-year-old man is under arrest in connection with the shooting death of a man near a north Minneapolis intersection. Police say the 25-year-old victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds early Friday evening near North Aldrich and 23rd avenues. Another man was also shot at the intersection and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The teen arrested is being held on suspicion of murder and awaits charges.

A St. Louis Park couple is facing charges after their infant son suffered fentanyl poisoning. Police were called to the couple’s apartment in the 14-hundred block of Colorado Avenue South on October 3rd where they found an unresponsive baby. The parents initially told police their one-year-old had mouthed a Tylenol. The baby survived the overdose after six days in the hospital.

Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is bringing in her largest quarterly fundraising haul to date. Omar’s re-election campaign has raised more than a million dollars over the last three months as she’s come under increasingly frequent attacks by President Trump. A series of personal and political controversies have further raised her national profile.

Conservatives are blasting Attorney General Keith Ellison’s defense of Minnesota abortion restrictions. Activists petitioned a court yesterday to intervene in a case challenging parts of state law regulating the procedure. Ellison’s office filed a motion to dismiss the challenge in late September, but activists say the motion wasn’t sufficient. The court is set to hear the motion on October 30th.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals says the state didn’t consider climate change when granting a permit for a mega-dairy farm. The judges reversed the permit for Daley Farms in Lewiston explaining that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency didn’t conduct a full environmental review. Daley Farms is wanting to expand their operation, doubling the 15-hundred cows at the operation.

A man accused of shooting two St. Paul police officers will be sentenced in a couple of months after he pleaded guilty. Dustin Bilderback entered his plea yesterday in Dakota County Court, one day before his trial was to begin. Prosecutors say the 34-year-old defendant fired a shotgun at officers in July of 2018 in the 500 block of 12th Avenue North. Bilderback was reportedly upset over being evicted from his apartment. The pair of officers who were wounded survived. Bilderback will be sentenced January 7th.

A clinical psychologist is accused of sexually abusing a vulnerable adult client. Johanna Lamm was charged yesterday with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Lamm allegedly told police that one of her clients had assaulted her during an appointment. The victim allegedly told police that Lamm initiated sexual contact and provided officers with text messages and audio recordings.

A tiny high school in east central Minnesota is aiming to put a washing machine into space. Braham Area High students are designing a washing machine they hope will be accepted by NASA for use on the International Space Station and eventually on manned missions to Mars. The school of about 200 students has beat teams from universities such as Cal Poly, Texas A&M, and Louisiana Tech in technology competitions.

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