A shooting rampage in Minneapolisby John Wanamaker, Minnesota Public Radio,
Hart Van Denburg, Minnesota Public Radio
A normally quiet neighborhood in Minneapolis is rocked by a workplace shooting that leaves five dead and more injured. The Vikings settle on an architect to design their new, billion-dollar home. Minnesota's two premiere orchestras may be headed for a lockout. And we have photos from the passing of an era at the Cottage View Drive-In.
RAMPAGE: Five people are confirmed dead in what Minneapolis police are calling one of the worst shootings in the city's history. We're still piecing together what happened, talking to witnesses, friends, colleagues and family who knew the victims.
THE VICTIMS: Reuven Rahamim, an Israeli immigrant, was among the five people who died in Thursday's rampage. Keith Basinksi, a veteran UPS driver making a delivery to Rahamin's business, where the shooting took place, also died.
PHOTOS: After a 911 call Thursday afternoon, police swarmed over the typically quite neighborhood where the shootings took place. By Friday morning, employees of Accent Signage were gathering and consoling each other.
THE MAYOR: Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak about the shooting and Rahamim. Rybak said he had toured Rahamin's business about a month ago, and described its owner as a "super smart" and "charismatic" man who started "a classic family business."
MYTHS: Decades ago, "going Postal" became an accepted phrase in American lexicon after a series of mass shootings at post offices. Then, the violence migrated into other workplaces with frightening regularity, Bob Collins writes in News Cut.
ABOUT THAT WAR: Also on News Cut, We pause from our usual Friday activities to announce that there's still a war in Afghanistan going on. And a video uploaded this week offers a startling look at what it's like.
DEAL DONE: The Vikings have selected Dallas-based HKS to design its new $1 billion stadium. The authority voted this morning to award a $34 million design contract to the firm. The company most recently designed the Dallas Cowboys' home and Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts.
ORCHESTRAL MANEUVERS: After months of negotiation, and little progress, both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra face contract deadlines with their musicians this weekend. The Minnesota Orchestra may lock out its players on Monday. At the SPCO, negotiations are scheduled all weekend.
IMPORTED: Twenty northwest Minnesota counties are working with North Dakota to attract foreign investment to the region. The EB5 program rewards foreign investment with a green card. Minnesota is one of a handful of states that does not have an EB5 center. Winning the trust of foreign investors can be a challenge, but can also bring big benefits.
DROUGHT WINNERS: After one of the driest summers on record, recent rains have helped in some parts of the country. But overall, the drought has still intensified. The latest tracking classifies more than a fifth of the contiguous United States in "extreme or exceptional" drought, the worst ratings.
WALZ vs. QUIST: A debate between 1st District Congressman Tim Walz and his Republican challenger, former state Rep. Allen Quist, included feisty exchanges as the candidates traded attacks on the economy, jobs and the Affordable Care Act. More than any other issue during the 90-minute debate, the two candidates sparred over the nation's deficit and spending.
RUBIO vs. KNEE: Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio is exercising his injured knee on the treadmill but said he still can't practice with the team. The Spanish star had reconstructive surgery in March to repair the knee he injured during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. It could be December or even January before he is back playing.
OJIBWE VOICES: Growing up, Fond du Lac band member Elizabeth Jaakola didn't hear women singing -- men were in charge of the songs, women stood in the background. Now, that's changing, at least on the Fond du Lac reservation. Jaakola is the creator of Oshkii Giizhik, or New Day Singers, an ensemble of Ojibwe women singers who are finding artistic success on the reservation -- and beyond.
MISSISSIPPI CHECKUP: The Mississippi River is healthier than it's been in years; the fish we like are back and the bald eagle population is booming. But invasive Asian carp, sediment and pollution still pose challenges to the long-term health of the river, a new report says.
CREDITS ROLL: The Cottage View Drive-In held a community event Thursday to celebrate the theater's 46-year history and to bid farewell to the Cottage Grove, Minn. landmark. The theater, which is only one of two remaining in the Twin Cities, is closing at the end of this season and will be replaced by a Walmart. Jeffrey Thompson was there and photographed the moment.
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: University Avenue businesses spruced up in anticipation of the under-construction light rail line, apple producers face a tough harvest, and truckers stage a protest in downtown Duluth. All that and more in our photos of the week.
John Wanamaker is a newscaster for MPR News.