Proposals could be submitted for private prisons

Closed in 2010, the privately owned Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton could once again house inmates, under a bill sponsored by MORE »

Hennepin County JDAI reduces youth detention; still stymied by racial disparity

(Photo from Hennepin County website)

"Once juveniles are initially detained, then they are more likely to stay detained; more likely to end up in out-of-home placement," said Lucy Wieland, Hennepin County Juvenile Judge and co-chair o


Gun rights: a moving target

Michelle walked toward Bill's Gun Shop carrying a black handbag in one hand. In the other, inside a secure case, was the black handgun she borrowed from her father.


Jail seeks flexibility in detaining juveniles

The average daily inmate population at the Hennepin County Jail is 685. About six of those inmates are juvenile offenders being tried as an adult for a felony.


Rybak focuses on Minneapolis's economy

Highlighting job growth and lower crime rates, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak painted a bright future for Minneapolis in his State of the City speech Tuesday.


Andrew's guards

From the flurry of e-mails last week involving the death of my nephew, I received one from a cousin on the east coast.

On March 3, 2011 she wrote;


Possible sprinkler code prompts hot debate

A standing-room only crowd heard testimony on a bill that would prohibit state building or fire codes from requiring the installation of fire sprinklers in new or existing single-family homes.


FEMA, floods, and funding in Fargo-Moorhead

Fargo used to be best known nationally for the 1996 Coen brothers movie. Now Fargo's on the map for the Red River's repeated attempts to take it off of the map. Due to an impressive wet cycle, the Red River of the North has been exceeding flood stage annually since 1993, according to the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE). The Fargo-Moorhead community has been greatly affected by these floods. These communities' mitigation planning and implementation is worth examining.


Mpls firefighters share tricks of trade with Kenyans

(seated l-r) Wallace Jackman (second from left), Minneapolis City Council Member Gary Schiff, MFD Chief Alex Jackson, Eldoret Fire Chief Olweny Ouma, Retired Judge LaJune Lange, and Eldoret City Council Member Stanislas Ondimu. MFD mechanic Dave Van Patter is standing behind Jackman; Assistant Chief Dave DeWall is standing behind Jackson; and Minneapolis Fire Captain Colleen Miller is standing behind and to the right of DeWall. All others are Eldoret city officials, city council members, and members of the Eldoret Fire Brigade.

It took him 10 years - actually his entire life - but this winter Wallace "Jack" Jackman finally set foot on African soil.


Bicking out, Dolan in, the CRA plods on, and everything remains the same

Last winter there was quite a hullabaloo when Dave Bicking was not reappointed to the Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority Board (CRA) and Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan was reappointed to his position on an 8-5 vote by the City Council.

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