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Dawn Jurkovich had known little about co-working when she started her hunt for Woodbury office spaces earlier this year. The concept took root more than a decade ago, eschewing the traditional "executive suite" office setup in favor of spaces that combine private offices and communal workspaces. A former partner at a downtown Minneapolis financial firm, Jurkovich sought a different growth direction and helped found Releve, a new wealth management firm, earlier this year. Her decision to branch out, however, came before she secured an office space.
Should a citizen ever take the law into their own hands? Gunnar "Raven" Ravendal grapples with the question after his niece is murdered by sex traffickers in Prescott author Jerry Rice's premier novel "Raven Avenging." Set in the late 1970s, the story harkens back to the "Minnesota Pipeline," a crime phenomenon in which sex traffickers from the east coast would target the state's abundant population of blonde, blue-eyed women. Raven's niece, Kari, fit the description.
Rosemount High School teacher and head football coach Jeff Erdmann has announced his run for Minnesota's 2nd District. Erdmann will run as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Jason Lewis in the 2018 election. "I never thought I would be running for Congress," Erdmann said in his May 24 announcement. "After seeing the behavior of our politicians, especially Jason Lewis, I realized that if working Americans want proper representation, then working Americans like myself need to run for office."
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed suit against Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie to prevent DNA sample collections from a Hastings man facing assault charges. The suit was filed April 28 on behalf of 68-year-old John Emerson, who faced a second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon charge after his January 2016 arrest in Dakota County. Leslie said DNA collection is an important tool for identifying people accused of violent crimes, but the suit argues the practice is unconstitutional.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has cited a St. Paul steel recycling facility for more than 30 environmental regulation violations relating to water quality, hazardous waste and air quality. Gerdau Ameristeel, the Florida-based corporation cited this month, agreed to pay $110,000 in penalties and has corrected most violations.
FARMINGTON — U.S. Sen. Al Franken ranked dairy farmers' struggles among his top priorities for a new federal farm bill Franken, a Democrat, met Tuesday with Minnesota Farmers Union members from six southeastern Minnesota counties to discuss priorities for a new federal farm bill. The current bill, enacted in 2014, will expire next year.
ST. PAUL — Activists and a handful of Minnesota lawmakers say an amendment to a House energy and jobs bill would allow oil companies to sidestep public and environmental review of pipelines. House Energy Chairman Pat Garofalo said an amendment to his energy bill would allow Canadian oil company Enbridge to replace Line 3, a decades-old pipeline, under an agreement with the federal government.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota House and Gov. Mark Dayton want to provide the University of Minnesota with an additional $14 million over two years to help train physicians to work in greater Minnesota. The state funding would replace a portion of the revenue generated by nonprofit insurance provider UCare. The Minneapolis-based UCare donated money for a decade to the university's family medicine department to support residency programs for primary care doctors who plan to practice in rural Minnesota communities.
ST. PAUL — Bus services throughout greater Minnesota could add up to 100,000 service hours with extra funding from a new state grant. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle announced a $23.7 million in grants to expand transit services throughout the state on Thursday, March 30. The grants will be divvied among 23 bus service providers. Individual grants range from $47,300 to the Hibbing bus system to $4 million for St. Cloud Metro Transit.
ST. PAUL — Another tuition freeze could be on the horizon for students at Minnesota State colleges and universities. Finance bills from the state House and Senate call for a halt to rising tuition costs within the Minnesota State system. Sen. Michelle Fischbach, Senate higher education chairwoman, penned a bill that would block state colleges and universities from raising tuition from 2016-2017 rates for two years.