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Friday roundup: Unsettled school election, a tattooed threat, Thissen is Speaker

  • Blog Post by: James Eli Shiffer
  • November 9, 2012 - 9:53 AM

Still waiting for a winner, three days after Election Day: Josh Reimnitz edged closer to victory Thursday over Patty Wycoff in their hard-fought contest for Minneapolis school board in a district stretching between downtown and the Isles area. The hand-count of defectively-printed ballots could finish today. (Steve Brandt) Brandt also reports that the city wants to hear your Election Day gripes, although state Rep. Phyllis Kahn's call for capital punishment prompted four city leaders to demand an apology. They won't get one.

Tattoo on Facebook aimed at cop lands man in jail: The Hennepin County attorney charges that the tattoo Antonio Frasion Jenkins Jr., 20, put on his arm and on Facebook was a terroristic threat against the officer. Not so fast, said Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. (Mary Lynn Smith and Randy Furst)

Thissen, Bakk to lead DFL at State Capitol: Rep. Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, a former health committee chair and longtime proponent of expanded access to health care, was the DFL's choice for speaker of the House, a post considered second in power only to the governor. (Rachel E. Stassen-Berger)

City embarks on single-sort recycling: City officials hope the program, which will cost about $9 million, will double the city's recycling percentage by 2015. Minneapolis residents currently recycle about 18 to 20 percent of their solid waste, but it's been stuck at that number for many years. (Eric Roper)

Rybak still mulling fourth term, downplays DC prospects (Eric Roper)

Park board okays $191K for dog park near Lyndale Farmstead: It could open later this year. (Randy Furst)

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