The non-profit developer that now owns the historic Stonehouse Square Apartments in Minneapolis says it will preserve affordable housing in the pricey neighborhood. CommonBond Communities bought the building for eleven-million dollars this month and says it will seek funding to renovate the property. The building has nearly 20 subsidized Section Eight units.
A Minneapolis developer has big plans for building in Duluth. Launch Properties is set to build a nearly 100-unit apartment complex overlooking Lake Superior. The project was recently approved by the planning commission. The complex is expected to cost up to 30 million dollars.
Authorities say a driver crashed into a St. Paul fire station and outdoor memorial for a fallen firefighter. The crash happened Tuesday night at Station 14 and the driver knocked over a memorial headstone and hit the station before running away from the scene. A wallet, phone, and an empty bottle of Jameson whiskey were found in the car that was left behind. Police are investigating.
Officials say Stillwater Area Public Schools violated the state’s open meeting law. A resident requested the opinion after a complaint that an August 29th meeting of a Finance and Operations Working Group had a quorum of board members. Four of the seven members attended the meeting, which qualified it as a school board meeting that should have been posted publicly ahead of time.
An 84-year-old woman is dead after being run over while walking in the street in her West St. Paul neighborhood. Police say the 57-year-old driver was traveling at a slow speed in the 13-hundred block of Marthaler Lane when the collision happened. The driver didn’t appear to be impaired by drugs or alcohol and was fully cooperative. There are no sidewalks in that block.
A former St. Paul police officer is facing 90 days in jail for assault. Tou Cha pleaded guilty in August to third-degree assault for an attack captured on a squad-car dash camera. He will serve the time under electronic home monitoring and will be allowed to leave to participate in the Hmong New Year. Cha will also be on probation for five years with a 15-month stayed prison sentence.
The vaping epidemic and related illnesses are causing complications with proposals to legalize marijuana in Minnesota. Advocates say that vaping-related illnesses create more reasons for tight regulation of the cannabis market. One proposal would prohibit the sale of both nicotine and marijuana to anyone under 21 and would focus on product safety for adult users. Vaping is a popular way to ingest THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Hundreds of St. Cloud Electrolux workers are punching out for the last time tomorrow. That will be the last day of production at the freezer-maker. Electrolux announced plans last year to close the plant by the end of 2019. The company is moving operations to South Carolina.
A woman is dead following a two-vehicle car crash in Willmar. The victim was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved in yesterday’s collision. The female driver of one of the vehicles was seriously injured and was taken to the hospital. The crash is still under investigation.
Supporters of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar are upset that she abstained on a vote recognizing the historic Armenian genocide of a century ago. The resolution overwhelmingly passed the House. Omar’s vote was one of three present votes.
The head of Minnesota’s Department of Human Services is facing pointed questions about breakdowns in oversight at the agency. During a prolonged Senate hearing Wednesday, Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead pledged aggressive action to correct the large gaps in oversight. The lack of oversight led to nearly 80-million dollars in improper payments for substance-use disorder treatment.
A group of law experts from across the country are leaving Minneapolis after the Minnesota Justice Research Center’s Re-Imagining Justice conference. Governor Tim Walz spoke at the conference yesterday, saying the state needs to address inequities in its criminal justice system. Walz particularly focused on the inequities of justice among Minnesotans of color, with lack of affordable housing, unequal educational opportunities, and difficulties accessing mental health care.