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.


Cleaning the slate: Second Chance on the Hill event rallies for justice

James Cannon shared his personal story at the Second Chance rally.

James Cannon admits he had a privileged life.


State firearm background checks or not

Minnesotans currently wanting to buy a handgun or semiautomatic military-style assault weapon from a federally licensed dealer must first obtain a state permit through their local police after a


Second Chance Day calls for an end to 'lifetime convictions'

One in six Black Minnesotans cannot vote because they are either incarcerated, on probation or on parole.


Hung up: Budgets keep cell phones from cops

When a shifty character enters a store and acts suspiciously, the staff may call 911.


Mpls firefighters train Kenyan counterparts to use donated truck

Donated pumper truck arrived in Eldoret, Kenya a year ago. -photo courtesy of City of Minneapolis

A group of Minneapolis firefighters and others are now in Kenya to provide firefighting training.

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