Minneapolis Public Schools make ‘last, best, and final’ offer to teachers
An MPR story says: “The Minneapolis Public School District released what it called its final offer to education support professionals as the ongoing strike will cancel a 10th day of classes Monday. … The latest development came on Sunday, when the district offered its “latest, best, and final offer” to Educational Support Professionals, or ESP. The complex offer includes an average salary increase of more than 15% over two years. That would net most full-time ESPs nearly $35,000 a year, according to the district.
Also in the Star Tribune, Hunter Woodall and Briana Bierschbach write: “After being banned in 2011, earmarking – the awarding of funds to specific recipients rather than through a merit-based process – is back with reforms, allowing Congress to direct federal dollars toward local projects that touch on a range of issues. … Highlights of new Minnesota allocations… include well over $5 million to expand high-speed internet in Pine County and over $3 million to do the same in Goodhue County; $2.5 million for a levee improvement project in Carver; $2 million to replace portable police radios in St. Paul; and $375,000 which was defended by Klobuchar and DFL US Rep. Dean Phillips for a Chanhassen-based nonprofit that tackles drug addiction.”
RPM reports: “Minnesota Public Defenders said they reached an agreement with the Minnesota Board of Public Defense, averting a strike that could have crippled the state’s justice system. The union was to go on strike on Tuesday. … In a statement, Teamsters Local 320, which represents public defenders in Minnesota, said the tentative agreement “includes cost-of-living adjustments through 2023, significant overhead for public defenders part-time and salary reopening wording”.
In Pioneer Press, Kristi Belcamino writes: “US Representative Angie Craig officially announced on Sunday that she will run for office this fallI. … Craig was first elected to Congress in 2018. She represents Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district, which includes the far southeastern suburbs of the Twin Cities and rural parts of southeastern Minnesota. Republican Tyler Kistner is also a candidate for the seat. … The 2nd District is widely considered Minnesota’s most competitive congressional district.
WCCO-TV says: “Police say more than 150 shots were fired at a massive rally in south Minneapolis on Sunday morning, but no one appears to have been injured. The Minneapolis Police Department said officers from the five precincts responded just after 4 a.m. at the 2500 block of South 24th Avenue in the Seward neighborhood. … In total, police said more than 150 bullets were fired within a two-block radius in 10 minutes. The police are investigating. »
Also for MPR, Matt Sepic writes: “The Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office served subpoenas on three Twin Cities reporters who covered the protests and riots following the killing of George Floyd. The subpoenas are part of the city’s defense against a lawsuit that freelance photographer Linda Tirado filed in 2020 after a police projectile partially blinded her. Minnesota Reformer reporter Max Nesterak and Andy Mannix of the Star Tribune received subpoenas along with Jared Goyette, who was a freelance reporter at the time and now works for Fox 9. The documents require the three reporters to testify at a deposition and provide “videos, photographs, recordings, emails, texts and documents related to the unrest.
At Yahoo Finance, Joel Rosenblatt writes:Wells Fargo & Co. was sued for discriminating against black owners relying on a modernized version of “redlining” that would have denied them lower interest rates through refinancing and forced them to pay more for loans. … The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in San Francisco as a proposed class action, argues that the practices in many cases have pushed black homeowners into foreclosure. Historically, redlining referred to the Federal Housing Administration’s refusal to insure mortgages in and near black neighborhoods, and agreements that blocked or restricted home sales to black Americans.
According to MPR’s Ron Trenda, “Scattered rain showers are possible in Minnesota and western Wisconsin on Monday, then many areas will see periods of rain Monday evening. On Tuesday, rain mixed with snow or turned to snow in the west and north, while remaining mostly rain in the metro area and pointing to the southeast. the the metro area could see a rain/snow mix or a shift to mostly snow Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning.
Also from Pioneer Press: “Gable Steveson pulled off a perfect end to a near-perfect wrestling career on Saturday night. Steveson, an Apple Valley senior, won his second straight NCAA Wrestling Championships title, beating previously undefeated Arizona State’s Cohlton Schultz 6-2 in a 285-pound match that Steveson controlled throughout. Next, Steveson performed his traditional backflip to the mat for the sold-out cheering crowd, then walked to the middle of the mat to drop his shoes, signifying the end of his amateur wrestling career.