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Canada's decision to fully open the border to vaccinated Americans next month was met with relief from many in Minnesota.
Driving the news: The Canadian government announced Monday that it will lift a 14-day quarantine requirement for vaccinated Americans beginning Aug. 9.
Why it matters: The ban on nonessential travel at the border, which took effect in March 2020, caused frustration and financial pain for people and businesses on both sides of the Minnesota-Canada border.
Forget about exposed brick interiors — it's all about the metal shipping containers at this $280,000 North Minneapolis home.
Background: This 1,300-square-foot house, built this year by Paragon Designs, claims to be the first shipping container home in the Twin Cities.
Of note: It's part of the Minneapolis Homes Program, which helps provide funding for affordable homes and promotes homeownership. Potential buyers must qualify.
Our thoughts: Could the appeal of this industrial look be one of the factors behind the global shipping container shortage?
WeWork operates three coworking offices in Minneapolis and if you've ever been to one, you know they're hip, buzzing and full of entrepreneurs.
What's new: Macalester College grad and Wall Street Journal reporter Eliot Brown's new book "The Cult of We," about Neumann was released this morning. He wrote it with fellow reporter Maureen Farrell.
Minnesota will soon launch what appears to be the nation's first state-level panel to address the disproportionately high rates of violence against Black women.
Why it matters: Black women die of homicide at twice the rate of women in general, per the CDC. Recent death data suggests the trend holds here.
How it works: The Task Force on Missing and Murdered African American Women, approved as part of a public safety budget bill, will be modeled after the state's recent work on missing and murdered Indigenous women.
What they're saying: Richardson told Axios she hopes the task force accomplishes more than just "another shiny report."
Of note: The case of Brittany Clardy — an 18 year old from St. Paul who was killed and left in a car in 2013 — was a driving force behind the proposal.
State Rep. John Thompson says he won't resign amid a series of controversies, including recently surfaced domestic abuse allegations.
What's new: Top state Democrats, including Gov. Tim Walz and House Speaker Melissa Hortman, issued statements Saturday calling on Thompson to resign following the publication of police reports alleging physical and verbal abuse of a former girlfriend.
What's new: Top state Democrats, including Gov. Tim Walz and House Speaker Melissa Hortman, issued statements Saturday calling on Thompson to resign following the publication of multiple police reports alleging physical and verbal abuse of women.
What he's saying: Thompson's attorney says the lawmaker and his wife "categorically deny" the allegations.
What to watch: Thompson's future at the Capitol remains uncertain. Legislative Republicans plan to file an ethics complaint over the allegations today. Under the state Constitution, the House can expel a member with agreement of two-thirds of the chamber.
Minneapolis is once again seeking a new city coordinator.
Driving the news: Mark Ruff announced on Friday that he'll step down Aug. 1, after less than two years in the role. He cited "personal and family health needs" in an email to staff.
Why it matters: The coordinator, the city's top non-elected post, works closely with the mayor and the City Council to implement policy. The role oversees a number of departments, including HR, finance and emergency management.
Between the lines: Ruff's tenure coincided with a tumultuous period for Minneapolis, as the city and its residents weathered the pandemic and the unrest that followed George Floyd's murder.
What's next: The city Executive Committee will meet today to consider Mayor Jacob Frey's nomination of Heather Johnston, a former city director of management and budget, to fill the post in an interim capacity.
The hottest sport in the Twin Cities is pickleball, thanks to a growing interest among young players.
State of play: Public pickleball court usage is way up in the last few years. Cities are beginning to convert tennis courts strictly for pickleball play, and suburban park departments are adding more facilities for the sport.