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Wednesday roundup: Teacher contract gets nod, stadium chances ebb, $2.5M claimed in Strike Force suit

  • Blog Post by: James Eli Shiffer
  • April 18, 2012 - 10:30 AM

What's making news in Minneapolis:

Board approves teacher contracts that adds four days to school year: "This contract is an important and meaningful step in a phased process of reform and improvement," Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson told the board before it voted. (Steve Brandt)

New map would put Hennepin County board chaiman in race: Like other counties, Hennepin is redrawing its district lines to reflect the 2010 federal census and come as close as possible to equally populated districts of 164,632 to meet constitutional standards. The new map would reduce the number of districts that include Minneapolis from four to three. (Kevin Duchschere)

$2.5 million in claims filed against disbanded Metro Gang Strike Force: The claims include allegations of illegal break-ins of homes, unconstitutional seizure of property and use of excessive force by the agency, which was disbanded in July 2009 after revelations of widespread misconduct by its officers.(Randy Furst)

With key players at odds, stadium faces long odds: The latest political meltdown of the Minnesota Vikings stadium plan unleashed a torrent of political maneuvering and squabbling at the Capitol Tuesday, with the governor, the Vikings and key DFL legislators struggling to get on the same page about the imperiled project. (Mike Kaszuba)

Jon Tevlin: Broken bones won't keep this cyclist from goal: Kurt Stafki, 26, wiped out in downtown while participating in "30 Days of Biking," created in 2010 to encourage people to ride their bikes every day in the month of April.

Sixth graders: Give us time to eat lunch: An impassioned op-ed plea for a more leisurely repast, from Seward Montessori students Talia Bradley and Antonia Ritter

From the Twin Cities Daily Planet:

City continues debate over benefits of adding streetcars to North Side (Minnesota Daily)

 

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