St. Paul man charged with driving into Uptown protesters has a long history of impaired driving convictions

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Nicolas D. Kraus

Deanna Weniger of Pioneer Press writes: “The Minneapolis Police Department released the name of the man suspected of hitting protesters Sunday night in Uptown, killing one and injuring two. Nicholas D. Kraus, 35, of St. Paul, was held in Hennepin County Jail on suspicion of driving homicide and is expected to be charged on Wednesday, according to the Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office. Shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Minneapolis Police were monitoring a protest in the West Lake Street and Girard Avenue South area when they saw an eastbound vehicle on Lake Street heading towards a group of people. The car crashed through barricades erected by protesters in a recent police shootout, killing Deona M. Knajdek, 31, of Minneapolis. … Police did not say whether the accident was deliberate, but preliminary investigation indicates that drug or alcohol use may have been a factor.

In the Star Tribune, Paul Walsh reports: “The St. Paul man who drove an SUV in a parked car protecting protesters blocking a Uptown intersection and killed a woman does not have a driver’s license and has a history of impaired driving convictions and other crimes dating back more than 17 years, authorities say.… Kraus’ criminal history in Minnesota includes five convictions for impaired driving, the most recent in 2016 in Anoka County and as far back as 2008. He has also been convicted of multiple driving convictions. valid license and for assault, failing to have a car insurance and giving a false name to the police.

Rose Semenov reports for FOX 9: “A large group of law enforcement officers moved into the Minneapolis Uptown neighborhood, where protesters closed the intersection in response to a deadly law enforcement shootout, and began arresting people. people Tuesday night. It comes after city officials shared plans to reopen the area to traffic. An on-site FOX 9 team saw agents from several agencies move around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and tape around Lake Street between Girard Avenue and Hennepin Avenue. A handful of protesters appeared to be under arrest with handcuffs with zippers around their wrists. City crews also loaded trucks with items placed on the road by protesters to create makeshift barricades. “

Also in Pioneer Press, Josh Verges writes: “St. Paul public schools committee calls for an end to student suspensions in a district that continues to expel black and Native American students from class at high rates. “We can’t do our job if the students are at home,” William Hill, restorative practices coordinator at Central High School and a member of the district equity committee, told the school board Tuesday night. The school board created the equity committee at the end of 2019 at the request of Superintendent Joe Gothard. … When asked if he supported the idea, Gothard was elusive.

According to Star Tribune’s Dee DePass, “Bad Ax Throwing Bar will soon open at City Center in downtown Minneapolis, one of four new tenants in the Nicollet Mall building. Branches of two banks are now open at skyway level, and Tom’s Watch Bar in 2022 will take over the large 6th-and-Hennepin space that was last occupied by Prime 6. ‘These City Center leases are definitely good news and a positive indicator of the positive trajectory of the downtown area, ”said Steve Cramer, CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council. The 15 months since many companies sent their workers home as part of the plan to stem the spread of the coronavirus has been brutal for downtown businesses and landlords …

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Also in the Star Tribune, Matt McKinney writes: “After the State Fair disbanded its own police department which patrolled its land, a hastily arranged plan to place Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputies there this summer was rejected – at least temporarily – by county officials who said they would have to approve it first. County Director Ryan T. O’Connor’s decision included a note Tuesday to state fair officials that they should begin seeking an alternative security arrangement for the weeks leading up to the fair, despite negotiations with the sheriff of the Ramsey County, Bob Fletcher, last month. and even hire deputies to patrol the fairgrounds since June 1. “

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The Associated Press reports: “South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said on Tuesday she would try again to stage a fireworks display on Mount Rushmore to celebrate Independence Day in the wake of President Joe Biden’s announcement that the White House will hold its own virus independence day.. In March, the National Parks Service rejected the state’s request to host the fireworks display, saying the fireworks caused safety concerns at the monument, local Native American tribes opposed the celebration on land which they regard as sacred and a mass rally could still defy coronavirus precautions. In an effort to overturn that decision, the Republican governor wrote a letter to the president, criticized Biden in the media, and sued the US Department of the Interior. All of these efforts have failed. “


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