Silverwood Park in St. Anthony Village held its kid-friendly Candy Cane Hunt on Saturday, Dec. 13. Enthusiastic candy seekers and their families explored the park looking for the sweet striped hooks and enjoyed horse-drawn carriage rides through the trails. Photos by Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin
On Dec. 16, United States Attorney for District of Minnesota Andrew Luger announced a settlement to the federal civil rights lawsuit filed against St. Anthony that will make way for the Abu-Huraira Islamic Center and mosque in the city. Front, center, from left to right: St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust, Luger and Abu-Huraira's Sheik Abdirahman Omar. (Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)
City settles federal civil rights lawsuit over denial of conditional use permit
The settlement of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of St. Anthony Village will make way for a mosque and Islamic center within the city.
U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger announced the settlement Tuesday at a press conference outside the St. Anthony Business Center that will house the Abu-Huraira Islamic Center. He was flanked by St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust and the center's Sheik Abdirahman Omar.
The former Medtronic headquarters at 3055 Old Highway 8 is at the center of a federal civil rights lawsuit against St. Anthony. The U.S. Justice Department sued the city after it denied a conditional use permit that would have allowed worship at an Islamic center in the building. Lawyers and city officials have a meeting set with Judge Jeffrey Keyes Dec. 11. (Mike Munzenrider/Review)
Lawyers, city officials to meet with judge in settlement conference
The latest round in the federal civil rights lawsuit filed against St. Anthony Village will be played out Thursday, Dec. 11, when a scheduling and settlement conference takes place in Minneapolis.
It will be the first movement in the lawsuit filed Aug. 27 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office alleging that the St. Anthony City Council violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, when it denied a conditional use permit in June 2012 that would have allowed worship services at an Islamic center.
Homeowners in Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, Shoreview, St. Anthony and Vadnais Heights, along with those across the state, should have, by now, received parcel-specific proposed property tax notices.