If Rich Stanek wins a third term as Hennepin County Sheriff, he'll do so without the support of his deputies.Yesterday, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Deputies Association announced it's overwhelmingly supporting the candidacy of Minneapolis Police Assistant Chief Eddie Frizell, who is running to tak ... More >>
One of the main reasons Gov. Mark Dayton doesn't support medical marijuana is because law enforcement is opposed to it. For example, last fall, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek wrote an op-ed arguing "there is a direct connection between marijuana and violent crime."That argument strikes pot user ... More >>
President Barack Obama takes issue with folks like Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek who contend that smoking pot leads to violent behavior. In fact, POTUS doesn't think smoking marijuana is more dangerous than drinking beer.SEE ALSO: R.T. Rybak says he smoked his share of pot in high school, but ... More >>
-- Update, including comments from Stanek himself, at bottom -- This afternoon, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek will meet with a group of children from the Boys and Girls Club of Little Earth to run these words of wisdom by them:RELATED: Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek thinks pot makes you v ... More >>
During a Friday interview with the Associated Press, Mark Dayton said he'll sign a bill legalizing Sunday liquor sales if it gets through the legislature. But the governor isn't as supportive of efforts to relax marijuana laws.RELATED: MNGOP guv hopefuls strike more liberal tone on marijuana reform ... More >>
Adorned with LED lights, the Lowry Avenue Bridge in north Minneapolis is capable of lighting up in all sorts of cool colors in commemoration of all sorts of events. But which ones are significant enough to warrant the ligh-show treatment?SEE ALSO: Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek thinks pot makes ... More >>
This afternoon, Hennepin County authorities provided a bit more information about the the chain of events culminating in the incident that left both Ted Hoffstrom and Dr. Stephen Larson dead at Larson's Orono home on Friday night.THE BACKSTORY: Police audio of Dr. Stephen Larson, Ted Hoffstrom shoot ... More >>
Mark Hamburger was a standout ball player at Mounds View High School and even pitched a few games in the big leagues. Then, he got high. Again, and again, and again, and again.By last spring, Hamburger's pot problem had cost him his job in the MLB. He found himself living in his parents' Shoreview b ... More >>
No doubt, smoking ganja makes folks aggressive -- toward snack foods. But toward humans?SEE ALSO: The new Green Giant looks like he just took a bong rip [PHOTO]As counterintuitive as that may seem, it's the sincere belief of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, who argued in a Sunday Star Tribune op ... More >>
-- Original post published August 13 at 11:57 a.m.; update at bottom --Last night, a man driving a Pontiac Sunfire along the West River Parkway near the Stone Arch Bridge crashed through a security fence around 9:40 p.m. and ended up in the Mississippi River.SEE ALSO: Roseville teacher Jerome Gordon ... More >>
Heroin is a bigger problem than ever in the Twin Cities, and especially in Hennepin County, law enforcement officials said at a news conference today.SEE ALSO: Moorhead police decry recent influx of Cali medical marijuanaAt the newser, a doctor said there were four heroin-related deaths reported in ... More >>
Earlier this year, Minnesota Republicans said they wanted to see Norm Coleman challenge Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014. They won't get their wish.SEE ALSO:-- Norm Coleman on Michelle Obama's Oscars appearance: Obamas "owe Hollywood so much" -- Norm Coleman's "shadowy" American Action Network under fire fo ... More >>
Under the leadership of Sheriff Rich Stanek, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office has adopted a no-visible-tattoos policy for new hires.SEE ALSO: Antonio "Savage" Jenkins' tattoo of "pig get'n brains blew out" leads to criminal charge No other Hennepin County department's have a tattoo policy, the S ... More >>
This morning the legislature kicked off three days of gun control hearings, starring Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder.SEE ALSO: Minnesota lawmakers propose gun control legislation [VIDEO] Cornish has emerged as the legislature's staunchest gun rights advocate -- a title he wore proudly, literally, ... More >>
A coalition led by Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek demanded in a capitol press conference Wednesday that lawmakers take up reform on the intersection of the mentally ill and "extreme gun violence" in Minnesota. SEE ALSO: COVER: Civil commitment leaves mentally ill languishing Judge presses Dep ... More >>
A Hennepin County judge wants to know why its taking the state so long to transfer some mentally ill patients to psychiatric hospitals. Judge Jay Quam, who presides over the mental health commitment court, pulled representatives from the Department of Human Services into his courtroom Wednesday to ... More >>
Linda Desonpere had no business being at the University of Minnesota's Fairview Hospital after August 27. That's the day a Hennepin County judge deemed Desonpere "mentally ill and dangerous" -- the most restrictive form of commitment in Minnesota -- and ordered her transfer to the St. Peter Securi ... More >>
In Toronto, six men of Somali descent have been shot and killed since June. As the city searches for solutions, CBC News (Canada's version of the BBC) is suggesting that it might be able to find answers across the border, in the Minneapolis police's success reducing crime in Cedar-Riverside.See also ... More >>
Yesterday, the Hennepin, Anoka, and Ramsey County Sheriffs held a joint news conference to highlight a trend of increasing concern to Twin Cities law enforcement -- an uptick in heroin use, particularly among youth.Deaths caused by heroin overdoses in the three counties increased nearly three-fold l ... More >>
With the help of some legal heavy-hitters, Melissa Hill hopes to make the Federal Protective Services, state of Minnesota, and city of Minneapolis pay for her sidewalk chalking-related June arrest.Hill was detained and issued a trespass order for "damaging public property" while inscribing an ant ... More >>
The booking photo from the arrest that started it all.Occupy MN's first arrest has resulted in its first financial settlement. Melissa Hill, a well-known local activist and "Kitten for Sheriff" founder, sued Sheriff Richard Stanek after he had her trespassed from the Hennepin County Government C ... More >>
Protesters decried big bonuses paid to Wells Fargo executivesAbout 40 protesters marched from Occupy MN's "People's Plaza" to the Wells Fargo center this morning to blast the bank. The protesters were accompanied by Michele Bachmann, John Kline and Erik Paulsen imitators, who stood behind th ... More >>
The booking photo from Occupy MN's first arrest.Just a week into the Occupy MN demonstrations at Hennepin County Government Plaza, the movement got its first arrest. Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies hauled away Melissa Hill, a well-known local activist and the founder of the anti-Sheriff Richar ... More >>
The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of four members of the Occupy MN movement. The 92-page filing lists Hennepin County, the county commissioners, Sheriff Rich Stanek, and "unnamed" Hennepin County deputies and security officers as defendants. At the heart of the lawsuit is whether new restri ... More >>
Occupy MN FacebookAn occupier gets in Sheriff Rich Stanek's face outside the commissioner's meeting Tuesday.Hennepin County commissioners voted unanimously in favor of enacting yet another raft of stricter rules on Occupy MN protesters camping out in Government Plaza. According to the new restri ... More >>
The occupiers are refusing to move from in front of a sign.This morning, Hennepin County maintenance removed all of Occupy MN protesters' signs from Government Plaza. Just before noon, however, a small contingent of the occupiers started putting them back up. Now, seven occupiers have linked ar ... More >>
Even though this is what she wanted, no one looks happy in a mugshot.Yesterday afternoon, in an attempt to escalate the level of confrontation with law enforcement, seven Occupy MN protesters refused to clear the intersection in front of US Bank. Their message was manifold, but the goal was clear ... More >>
Protest notches first arrest and first victory
The original Tent City, in its fleeting glory. On Saturday, ten transparent pup tents sailed a sea of Occupy MN protesters from the South side of the Government Plaza to the North, in open defiance of Sheriff Rich Stanek's ban on structures or tents in the park. Eight conventional camping tents s ... More >>
Cops approach Melissa Hill outside Occupy MN tent building demo.Occupy MN protesters began setting up tents and shelters on the grassy knoll of the Government Plaza this afternoon, with full knowledge that they are defying the orders of the Hennepin County Sheriff. However, cops approached Melis ... More >>
In a series of meetings held over the past couple of days, Occupy MN organizers have received tentative approval for their plans to camp out in the Hennepin County Government Center plaza starting tomorrow at 9 a.m. The plaza is public property, but organizers still met with the Hennepin County ... More >>
Rich Stanek: He beat Kitten. Is Klobuchar next?Norm Coleman generated some headlines the other day when he confirmed that he has no intention of running against Sen. Amy Klobuchar when she's up for re-election in 2012. So, who will? MPR asked around and found buzz building for Hennepin County Sh ... More >>
Stanek, or kitten for sheriff?Anyone remember the kitten that thought it could get more Facebook support than Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek? Well, apparently the people behind this campaign have taken it pretty far. In addition to just trying to up its Facebook stats, supporters for th ... More >>
Photo: aturkus/FlickrApril 20's a bit of mythical date for those who partake of the herb, and The Daily Beast took the opportunity to check in with some "experts" and consult some statistics to create it's Top 40 Most Pot-Loving Communities. Minneapolis comes in at No. 13. Maybe we'd have ra ... More >>
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