For MPR, Matt Sepic and Jon Collins report: “A 911 transcript released by the city of Minneapolis on Monday afternoon documents the dramatic minutes after Andrew Tekle Sundberg allegedly fired a gun into his neighbor’s apartment.. Sundberg, known to friends and loved ones as Tekle, the Ethiopian name for him, was shot and killed by police snipers after a six-hour standoff early Thursday morning in the Seward neighborhood. …During the 911 call, a woman later identified as Arabella Foss-Yarbrough told dispatchers that at least two bullets had been fired through her apartment and had gone through the wall.”
Caroline Cummings reports for WCCO-TV: “Gov. Tim Walz said a state court case that struck down several of Minnesota’s abortion restrictions as unconstitutional has been resolved, and he will not ask the attorney general to appeal the ruling.. … A Ramsey County JudgeThe right of Minnesotans to an abortion under the state constitution affirmed by Doe v. Gomez, a 1995 state Supreme Court case. The laws blocked include a 24-hour waiting period; parental notification if a minor seeks an abortion; disclosure of certain medical information prior to the procedure; and a provision that only allowed doctors to perform abortions.”
In the Star Tribune, Tim Harlow writes: “Anoka County and Metro Transit can’t agree on who should pay to operate the Northstar commuter rail line more than two years after the COVID-19 pandemic caused ridership to plummet. The Anoka County Board has made what it calls its ‘full and final payment’ to cover the county’s share of 2022 operating costs for Northstar, but Metro Transit says the $1.95 million check falls short of the county’s obligations . Metro Transit and Anoka County have been fighting over payments for two years.”
For Patch.com, William Bornhoft says: “During a rally at the state capitol for abortion rights on Sunday, the groups Our Justice and Pro-Choice Minnesota called on the city of Minneapolis to provide funding for abortions. Following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe. v. Wade, Our Justice says it expects a “dramatic increase” in people traveling to Minnesota for abortions. Of its immediate neighbors, the state of Minnesota has the least restrictive current abortion laws. Minneapolis Councilmembers Aisha Chughtai and Robin Wonsley, along with local abortion rights groups, are asking Mayor Jacob Frey to include funding for abortion in his next budget proposal.”
Jess Fleming writes in Pioneer Press: “Twin Cities chef and restaurateur Brian Ingram is in Washington, DC, this week to testify before a US House subcommittee on crime and how it has affected his businesses and employees.. Ingram, owner of Hope Breakfast Bar, The Gnome and St. Paul’s upcoming downtown supper club The Apostle, has been outspoken about the effect crime, specifically seven burglaries at his restaurant and offices, has had on him and the personal from him. … Ingram said he accepted the invitation from Rep. Tom Emmer, R-6th District, and Chair Maxine Waters, D-Calif., on the condition that he does not have to choose a political side.”
On KARE-TV, Devin Ramey says, “Minnesota Aurora FC is now one win away from becoming league champions in both the team’s inaugural season and the USL W League season, but the team’s latest success story Twin Cities sports probably couldn’t have happened. without local crowds that are larger than some professional women’s soccer teams. … Through eight home games, in both the regular season and postseason, Aurora averaged 5,518 fans per game, which would have been in the top half of the NWSL for average attendance, based on the latest average attendance numbers compiled by Soccer Stadium Digest.
In The Washington Post, Fred Bernstein writes: “Claes Oldenburg, a Swedish-born artist whose playful caricatures of everyday things, such as monometallic representations of lipstick and binoculars, as well as “soft sculptures” of hamburgers and ice cream cones, made him a leading force in pop art , died on July 18 at his home in Manhattan. He was 93 years old…Mr. Oldenburg’s outdoor installations included a giant cherry balanced on a spoon in the sculpture garden of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis…”.
The AP reports: “North Dakota’s only abortion clinic has gone to court seeking to block a trigger law banning abortion in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s reversal of a national right to abortion.. The state lawsuit from the Red River Women’s Clinic asks a judge to declare the state ban unconstitutional, or at least extend the July 28 date when it would take effect.”