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Friday roundup: Repo man uses police data, copters over downtown, religious club scores victory

  • Blog Post by: James Eli Shiffer
  • August 31, 2012 - 9:39 AM

Dealer uses city license plate data in car repo: Jake Ingebrigtson, co-owner of Car and Credit Connection, sought information on four cars after reading in the Star Tribune that data captured by license plate cameras is public and retained for one year in Minneapolis. It may be the first use of this data by a business. (Eric Roper)

Urban warfare training draws eyes to skies in city: The helicopters belong to the U.S. Special Operations Command, an elite and secretive military unit based in Florida that is winding up two weeks of training in Minneapolis and St. Paul on Saturday. Police in both cities warned the public ahead of time, but the exercise still produced plenty of gawking and talking from those on the ground. (Randy Furst)

Court says Minneapolis school district can't exclude religious club: The Child Evangelism Fellowship of Minnesota, a club that met in a Minneapolis school, won a court victory against the school district when a federal Appeals Court determined the district could not exclude the club from its after-school activities program. (Steve Brandt)

Bids are in on Vikings stadium project: Five national architectural and engineering firms, including the company that designed new homes for the Minnesota Twins, Wild and University of Minnesota football team, have submitted renderings and plans for a new $975 million Vikings stadium. (Richard Meryhew)

Portland-Park restriping plan draws mixed reviews at meeting: Opinions on restriping Portland and Park Avenues in Minneapolis to shrink the number of car lanes and give more space to bikes ran the gamut from praise to putdowns at a public meeting attended by more than 100 people Thursday night. (Steve Brandt) For more details on how it would work, look at Steve's Q&A with the county road chief.

Downtown luxury apartment tower moves forward (Janet Moore) Hot Property: Hi-Lake Triangle Apartments (Don Jacobson)

Obituary: Bill Bauer made local comedy scene wild on national stage (Neal Justin)

Third defendant sentenced in 2011 robbery-turned-slaying (Abby Simons)

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