After recount, no change in Minneapolis school board outcome

Ira Jourdain will remain on the November ballot for the citywide school board seat.

The city recounted 29,000 ballots Tuesday after Doug Mann, who finished fifth in the August primary, asked for the recount because he had fewer 50 votes than Jourdain.

Jourdain had 49 votes over Mann after the recount, which lasted more than six hours.

There were six candidates in the primary for two at-large school board seats. Only four candidates advanced, including Jourdain, the incumbent Rebecca Gagnon, former City Council Member Don Samuels and Iris Altamirano.

Alejandra Matos

Ramsey County

Ramsey County District judge honored

Ramsey County District Judge John Van de North was named 2014 Trial Judge of the Year by the Minnesota chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Van de North is currently presiding over the high-profile lawsuit Doe 1 vs. the Diocese of Winona, Thomas Adamson and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The case has produced an unprecedented amount of documents from the archdiocese, and has put a number of key decisions before the judge.

Van de North, a native of Chicago, was appointed in 1998 by GOP Gov. Arne Carlson.

He earned his undergraduate degree at St. John's University and his law degree at the University of Notre Dame.

"[Van de North] supports the right to a trial by jury and has tried countless cases, including many high-profile civil and criminal matters in a fair, impartial and professional manner," said George Soule, president of the group that honored the judge. "He promotes integrity and civility among all parties in his courtroom. … He is always available for advice and mentoring."



Volunteers are needed to count bicycle riders, pedestrians

Minneapolis and St. Paul are gearing up for their annual bicycle and pedestrian traffic counts, and they need volunteers to help.

St. Paul will conduct its count from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 9, with a rain date scheduled for Sept. 11. Minneapolis will do its count over three days, 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 9-11.

Public works departments in both cities say the counts are essential to understand the impact of nonmotorized traffic on streets, sidewalks and trails. Accurate counts allow officials to understand trends and decide where to make infrastructure investments. It also allows them to know where people are biking and walking.

Counters will be deployed throughout both cities. To volunteer in Minneapolis, e-mail the city's bicycle planner, Simon Blenski, at simon.blenski@minneapolismn.gov. In St. Paul, contact Luke Hanson at luke.hanson@ci.stpaul.mn.us.



Renovated library reopens to the public

St. Louis Park residents were welcomed to a newly renovated library Saturday as the Hennepin County Library reopened to the public after a five-week closing for upgrades.

The 46-year-old building reopened with new carpet and furniture and more outlets for recharging laptops, iPads and phones. The library is modeled like a bookstore, more open with extra seating and lower bookshelves to make browsing easier. It also has a larger teen area, two small study rooms and new early literacy resources.

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