Trial officer daughter
For the cop who shot Daunte Wright, will the “wrong gun” order work?
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jury selection begins Tuesday for former white Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter, who said she meant to grab a Taser instead of her pistol when she shot and killed motorist Don Wright, who was black. The Brooklyn Center Officer’s reaction to the body cam video seemed to immediately prove the main facts of the case, as she said she picked the wrong gun and is going to prison. But legal experts say a conviction isn’t as certain as it might seem — at least on the most serious charge she’s facing, manslaughter. Her defense attorney says she made an innocent mistake. Potter resigned two days after the shooting.
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Community systems provide alternative pathways for solar growth
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – With increasing demand for renewable energy, “community solar” installations are popping up across the United States, larger than home rooftop systems but smaller than utility-scale pools. Solar community gardens are located on top of buildings or in the grounds of abandoned factories and farms. Customers share portions of the energy sent to the grid and receive credits that reduce their electricity bills. The model attracts people who can’t afford rooftop solar or live in an inaccessible location, such as renters. More than 40 states have at least one community solar operation. But in some places, growth is hindering discussions about who should be allowed to enter the market.
Trial Officer Dane Wright – Fee – Explainer
Explainer: Did the officer cause the manslaughter by electrocution?
MINNEAPOLIS (Associated Press) – Prosecutors will try to prove that white Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter committed murder when she shot Daunt Wright, a black man, during an arrest attempt in April. Potter, who quit two days after the shooting, says she had intended to use her Taser but mistakenly picked up her gun when she killed the 20-year-old black man in a downtown Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn. Potter was charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter. The more serious charge requires prosecutors to prove that they acted recklessly, while the less serious charge requires proof that they acted with guilty negligence. Jury selection begins on Tuesday.
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Brooklyn Center Officials Consider Potter’s Curfew
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minnesota (Associated Press) – City officials at the Brooklyn Center debate whether a curfew is necessary when a verdict is reached in the trial of Kimberly Potter, the police officer accused of manslaughter in the death of Don Wright last spring. Council members last week postponed to Monday a decision on a proposed emergency law that would allow the city manager to impose a curfew. To grant this power, the council’s vote must be unanimous. Some members expressed uncertainty about how to balance the exercise of freedom of expression by potential protesters with public safety and protecting businesses from vandalism. Others worry that preparing for a possible curfew indicates that city officials expect civil unrest in the wake of Potter’s rule.
National connection between forests and tribes
Tribal liaison officer delves into talks to expand Minnesota ski area
DULUTH, Minnesota (AP) – The first full-time tribal liaison in the Upper National Forest said he wants to work with the federal government on a proposed expansion of the Lutsen Mountains ski area. Juan Martinez began his new role in January, but didn’t move to Minnesota until July. He coordinates the connection between the National Forest and the three Ojibwe teams in northeastern Minnesota. Lutsen officials want to expand into 494 acres of adjacent Forest Service land to build new ski runs, moving lifts and other facilities they say are necessary to compete against the big ski resorts. The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa argued that the project threatened its treaty rights. Both Martinez and Forest Service officials say all parties should be involved in the discussion.
Up to 30 people burglary at Best Bay in Burnsville
MINNEAPOLIS (Associated Press) – A group of 20 to 30 people seized several electronic items at a Best Buy store in Burnsville and fled quickly before police arrived, police said. Police say no weapons were found in the grave on Friday night and no one was reported injured. No one was arrested until Saturday morning. The theft occurred just after 8 p.m. on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year after the Thanksgiving holiday. The incidents are similar to a number of mass robberies recently reported across the United States.
Reviving Ojibwe Spiritual Traditions, One Pet at a Time
CAS LEAKE, Minnesota (Associated Press) – Several members of the Lake District of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota are working to address animal neglect in their tribal lands – bringing their community closer to its spiritual roots. Children help the elderly rescue animals, pet food and supplies are routinely distributed in the community, and the first permanent veterinary clinic is one of the final passes inaccessible. Animals are central to Ojibwe beliefs and sacred origin stories. So promoting pet care reinforces the Creator’s intentions to bring about harmony between humans and animals – a value that some say has faded over the years.
Big lake – warmer water
Warming in the Great Lakes has a domino effect in winter
CHICAGO (AP) – Winter is approaching, but experts say the Great Lakes region didn’t get the message. The Chicago Tribune reported that summer and fall evenings failed to cool enough. So the Great Lakes surface temperatures tend to be above average. It is an example of climate change. Standard or near-standard warm periods in Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, and Illinois created a domino effect. Warmer lake temperatures can produce more lake-generated snow. Snow dwindles as ice appears, which itself lags. Ice helps deter coastal erosion. And warmer water temperatures throughout the year can lead to invasive species or harmful algal blooms, even in the waters in the depths of the Great Lakes.
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