Immigrant rights advocates and civil libertarians hailed the decision as a way to help build trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement -- and save taxpayer dollars.
A Hennepin County jury convicted Zakaria Yusuf of St. Paul of attempted murder, first and second degree assault and illegal possession of a gun. The shooting, which police called gang related, was one of several violent confrontations between young Somali men in Minneapolis last year.
Even so, the mother of 17-year-old Nehemiah Steverson, who was shot and killed early Sunday in north Minneapolis, made a passionate plea Wednesday for peace.
City records show an inspector cited the property for lack of electricity in August and threatened to condemn it. The inspector also noted "additional electrical problems."
People who live next to Minnehaha Creek are eyeing the water nervously this morning as more rain threatens to flood homes along the waterway. The National Weather service says nearly 5 inches of rain fell in some areas around Lake Minnetonka by Sunday morning.
The shooting, which police say is gang related, was one of a number of violent confrontations between young Somali men to occur in Minneapolis that year.
Combing Facebook, Twitter and other sites is standard procedure now for police as they pursue cases. Some suspects make it easy when they post pictures of their law breaking or incriminate themselves with their online words -- or sometimes music.
President Barack Obama, who just returned just hours earlier from a surprise visit with U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, paid tribute to those lost in battle there and elsewhere over history. He called them "patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice" for their country.
Lake Minnetonka, which feeds the creek, has become so swollen from the rainfall, district officials have had to discharge water from the lake into the creek via the Gray's Bay Dam. This has caused the conditions on Minnehaha Creek to become unsafe.
Members of the Northside Community Response Team say they are working to find ways to bring jobs and economic growth to north Minneapolis, where nearly 70 percent of northside residents receive some form of government assistance.
An admitted Minneapolis gang member convicted of several gun charges was sentenced to six years in prison Monday in Hennepin County District Court.
Target Field Station will function as a transit hub. The station includes a platform that will serve the new Green Line trains, which start running June 14 between downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Starting in June, teams of law enforcement officers will patrol neighborhoods that have seen the most violence.
According to the complaint, 32-year-old Earl Vang was one of two men who shot and killed Miguel McElroy outside of a north Minneapolis convenience store on July 9, 1999.
They also are charged with giving the weapons to people they knew or should have known were under indictment and had been convicted of a crime and receiving and possessing firearms subject to interstate commerce.