WCCO’s Reg Chapman reports that a Minneapolis family claims the Minneapolis police took DNA samples from their child without their consent. They allege that reports of gunfire at Phelps Park led to the arrest of the teenager and two other people. The teenager has not been charged with a crime, but his DNA was taken without parental consent. Now the members of the Community Mediation Team Unit and his Youth Working Group want answers.
Reporting from the first day of the Minnesota Republican Convention in Rochester, Hunter Woodall in the Star Tribune says the Minnesota GOP did not reapprove their links to a diverse set of affiliate groups on Thursday, including one focused on LGBT Republicans. The State Central Committee’s inaction has an impact on the Minnesota Republicans Log Cabin, Minnesota Asian American Republicans, Minnesota African Republicans and other groups, according to a list on the state party website, as delegates gather in Rochester for the statewide convention. Minnesota Republican Party Chairman David Hann cited “time constraints” in the absence of action.
In related news, Adam Uren at Bring Me the News reports this republican activist Jennifer De Journet shared an image showing a list of items GOP delegates are not allowed to bring to the convention, including flamethrowers, bombs, airships, acid and hordes of insects.
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder’s Abdi Mohamed takes a look at How? ‘Or’ What Minnesota’s film industry built black stories from “purple rain” by “Laurels Avenue” for “Dear Whites.”
Marla Khan-Schwartz of the Sahan Journal spoke with LGBTQ Hmong leaders Dr Brian V. Xiong, Kevin Xiong, SUNAH and Xay Yang to make the Twin Towns and the Hmong community a more welcoming place through their work.
KSTP’s Rich Reeve reports Minnesotan’s leftovers Jimmy Hill were returned to the United States. Hill, who cared for his longtime partner Ira, a Ukrainian who was being treated in a hospital for multiple sclerosis and late-stage pneumonia, was killed March 17 in Ukraine.