MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minneapolis City Council has confirmed a new police chief after the previous chief resigned over an officer's fatal shooting of an Australian woman who'd called 911 for help. Medaria Arradondo is a 28-year veteran of the department. He became the city's first black chief after Friday's unanimous vote, which was followed by lengthy applause. He replaces the previous police chief who was asked to resign after the July 15 shooting of Justine Damond.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Construction delays dashed hopes for a July opening of the highly anticipated campground at the newest gem in Minnesota's state park system, but officials are still holding out hope that it might be ready in time for the fall color season. There's still work to be done at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Officials have their sights set on a low-key September opening with a date to be announced.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota couple who gained fame through a very public arranged marriage have renewed their vows as their 19-year love story enters its final chapter. David and Elizabeth Weinlick had known each other just five minutes when they got married in at the Mall of America in 1998 after his friends chose her. David was diagnosed in March with terminal colon cancer. They renewed their commitment at the megamall Friday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A group of Twin Cities superintendents is attempting to address the segregation and academic achievement gap issues that are still prevalent in Minnesota schools. The Pioneer Press reports that nearly 50 superintendents launched the Reimagine Minnesota initiative to create recommendations that schools can use to improve education equity. The group held meetings last year to get input from students, parents, educators and community members.
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