Mike Munzenrider

Staff writer for Review and Bulletin newspapers.
Mike Munzenrider can be reached at mmunzenrider@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.
Follow him on Twitter @mmunzenrider.

 

 


 

Fri
19
Dec

Maple Grove homicide suspect shot, killed by police after car chase on I-694

The suspect in a Maple Grove homicide was shot and killed by police after he led them on an 18-mile early-morning chase Dec. 17 on Interstate 694.

Wed
17
Dec

Bulletin-area property tax levies track with property values, and go up

Homeowners’ median property values in suburban Ramsey County are up across the board for the first time since 2006, the year before the onset of the Great Recession.

Wed
17
Dec

Maple Grove homicide suspect shot by police after car chase on I-694

The suspect in a Maple Grove homicide was shot and killed by police following an early-morning car chase on Interstate 694 that ended when the suspect crashed into a wire barrier near Rice Street and exited his vehicle with a weapon on Wednesday, Dec. 17, police said.

Tue
16
Dec

Way cleared for Islamic center and mosque in St. Anthony

St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust US Attorney Andrew Luger Sheik Abdirahman Omar Abu-Huraira
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.
 
 
Tue
16
Dec

New cable television provider courts North Suburban Communications Commission

NSCC sees CenturyLink as able suitor
Nearly a month after the final member city of the North Suburban Communications Commission accepted a franchise extension and transfer deal with Comcast, ending a four-year impasse between NSCC and the cable provider essentially in a draw, a new cable company came knocking.

Wed
10
Dec

DNR settles with White Bear Lake groups over lake levels

Settlement will ask state to pay for Shoreview, North St. Paul, Vadnais Heights to change water source
A settlement agreement reached between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and groups concerned about water levels in White Bear Lake could have implications for nearby cities, including Shoreview, Vadnais Heights and North St. Paul.
Announced Dec. 1, the settlement between the DNR and two plaintiff groups—the White Bear Lake Restoration Association and White Bear Lake Homeowners’ Association—states that all three groups will, per the DNR website, “support efforts to develop a surface water supply to serve area communities.”

Tue
09
Dec

Meeting set on federal civil rights lawsuit against St. Anthony over denial of Islamic center

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.
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.

Thu
04
Dec

Constitution Party candidate triggers recount for MN House District 41B

Tim Utz
Tim Utz

A recount of election results for Minnesota House Congressional District 41B began at 9 a.m. at the Anoka County Courthouse on Thursday, Dec. 4, at the request of Constitution Party candidate Tim Utz.

Wed
03
Dec

Vadnais Heights passes moratorium on medical cannabis manufacture and distribution

Manufacturers to be located elsewhere
When Minnesota became one of 23 states nationwide to legalize the production, sale and use of medical cannabis with the final passage of a bill this past spring, it created some uncharted legal territory for local cities.
Vadnais Heights reacted to this terra incognita by placing a one year moratorium on the establishment of medical cannabis manufacture and distribution in the city at its Nov. 19 meeting.

Tue
02
Dec

MnDOT holding meeting on planned resolution of 694’s ‘Shoreview slowdown’

A MnDOT graphic shows the extent of planned construction work on Interstate 694, which will include two new left lanes on both sides of the highway, east- and westbound, between Rice Street and Lexington Avenue.
A MnDOT graphic shows the extent of planned construction work on Interstate 694, which will include two new left lanes on both sides of the highway, east- and westbound, between Rice Street and Lexington Avenue. (submitted graphic)

A stretch of Interstate 694 in Shoreview is set to be widened in about a year’s time, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation will hold an open house Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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