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Lawrence Michael Johnson is charged with breaking into a Plymouth home while its owners slept and stealing electronics equipment and personal items.
Rob_h78 thinks the accused deserves a stiff sentence.
I hope they send this guy away for as long as possible - we don't need him in society and the cost of his being allowed to roam the streets clearly outweighs any benefit we receive from him being a part of society.
Edina’s welcomed Catholics from across the state on Sunday afternoon, opening its doors for a kick-off event meant to rally Catholics who are opposed to the 2012 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Organized by the group Catholics Vote No, which is working in partnership with Minnesotans United for All Families to defeat the ballot measure, several hundred people gathered at the church to listen to civic and religious leaders discuss actions Catholics could take to help defeat the amendment.
David Haines commented on the story, seemingly grateful for the group taking a stance regarding the contentious issue:
Thank you to those Catholics that support marriage equality and are VOTING NO on this disaster of a constitutional amendment!
Sunday is Father’s Day– a great day to celebrate the bond you have with your dad and shower him with gifts and attention. But, are fathers being cheated?
Becca said Mother’s Day has its own challenges:
You have got to be kidding me! We live in Minnesota where fishing opener is on Mothers Day!!! The men may only spend more on that day so that they can get out of town!
Hopkins got some good news this week when the owner of the downtown grocery store, , announced that the business would not be leaving town as had been feared.
Lucy Arimond rejoiced at the news:
I'm delighted! Driskill's is supportive of community efforts. They're right here - no gas money for a trek to a big box store. Easy in, quick check-out - saves me a lot of time. Their own butcher shop meats are great. Besides, they carry many items that you can't find in most grocery stores -- including "Soluppa" deli soups, absolutely the best organic, natural, healthy, delicious soups. And the staff is always neighborly and efficient - a pleasure to shop there.
While junior and all-star athlete didn't take her third state, 100 meter hurdles title in finals June 9, she broke the state record in the preliminary race the day before. The best part? She broke the state record that she set as a freshman.
Ann Delaney had some thoughtful words for the athlete:
Congratulations Jessica. You have achieved something others wish they had. You have accomplished much and your only a Junior? And I understand she is a multi-sports person and has achieved excellance in all. Not too many can do that.
Last week, and the announced an agreement in which SMSC will add $75 million to Canterbury racing purses over 10 years and end Canterbury's push to put slot machines in its facility. This week by the Minnesota Racing Commission.
Bob expressed his displeasure with the agreement:
Did the $ price tag to campaign donations to our state (legislators) become too high for Mystic? This sham agreement helps to put business pressure on Running Aces (odd man out). I won't spend money at Canterbury or Mystic. I suggest that people don't act like sheep. Have a little backbone and boycott both of these business. Consumers have the final vote. Do what you feel is right.
St. Louis Park City Council appears to be "all-in" on a plan to take Highway 7 over Louisiana Avenue via a brand new bridge.
But Alison said a history lesson puts things in context:
Seriously, does no one on this board remember that Highway 7 used to be a bridge over Louisiana? 15-20 years ago they spent a boatload of money to make it into an intersection and now they're PUTTING IT BACK?
In another 15-20 years are they just going to change it again?