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Friday roundup: Law weakens civilian police oversight, paddleboat changes course, Occupy restarts

  • Blog Post by: James Eli Shiffer
  • April 6, 2012 - 10:08 AM

What's making news in Minneapolis:

Asian carp prompts paddleboat cruises to stop using lock: Paradise Cruises owner said he would not fight Mayor Rybak's decision to deny access: "We're stepping to the plate because it's river first." (Eric Roper)

Dayton signs bill that weakens Civilian Review Authority: The bill was introduced at the behest of the Minneapolis Police Federation, a union which is considered very influential at the Capitol, but it was opposed by the city of Minneapolis, which sent staffers over to committees in the House and Senate to testify against it. (Randy Furst)

Occupy protests to resume Saturday: Protesters plan tents in Peavey Plaza, where they can stay but can't sleep, and Loring Park, which closes at midnight. (Randy Furst)

End in sight for Hennepin County mortgage fraud cases: A five-year investigation of deals involving almost 500 homes in Hennepin County is coming to a close. (Randy Furst)

Historic office buildings turning into apartments: Downtown Soo Line Building's conversion is close to reality (Janet Moore) Loring Park landmark's new life (Jim Buchta) Buchta also reports how those projects are part of the reason the city is leading the metro in construction activity.

Obituary: Lifelong resident Albert Cupka turned down airlines to fight fires (Steve Alexander)

 

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