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Thursday roundup: DNA breakthrough in 1980 murder, police oversight reform, more taxes for schools

  • Blog Post by: James Eli Shiffer
  • September 13, 2012 - 9:52 AM

DNA leads to arrest in 1980 homicide: Kansas man charged in brutal attack on a Minneapolis woman in her Uptown apartment 32 years ago. Mary Cathryn Steinhart was 22 when she died - Robert William Skogstad was the building's former caretaker. (Matt McKinney)

7.4 percent levy increase urged for schools: Meeting in their new North Side digs, school board members reacted coolly to the recommendation, which contrasts with the slight increases under consideration by Hennepin County and the city of Minneapolis. (Steve Brandt) Also Wednesday, a tax tweak by the city Board of Estimate and Taxation means more public housing security. (Eric Roper) Randy Furst reported in May how the cutbacks in security led to residents were doing patrols and monitoring visitors to public housing high-rises.

Police conduct oversight board closer to reality: A Minneapolis City Council committee voted 3 to 1 Wednesday to approve a plan to overhaul a citizens board that investigates police misconduct, an issue that one council member said causes "nightmares" and another said was so difficult that she abstained. (Randy Furst)

Minnesota gets a glimpse of hope and economic gains: But Census figures showing a flat poverty rate aren't heartening to those  at the People Serving People homeless shelter for families in downtown Minneapolis.The shelter has been at or near capacity all summer. "We have people sleeping in our library and conference rooms," Gumnit said, "every conceivable place that we can put people." (Jeremy Olson) Meanwhile, the suburbs and state are actually outpacing the city for the growth in homelessness among children. (Steve Brandt)

Good to hear that a stretch of Shingle Creek is being "daylighted." The transformation of the former Brookdale Mall into a Wal-Mart-anchored power center brings some good news for the landscape, when builders uncover a once concreted-over stream that will be a water feature for the Brooklyn Center redevelopment. (Janet Moore) For those unfamiliar with this waterway, Shingle Creek flows southeast from Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center into north Minneapolis before emptying into the Mississippi River.

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