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.
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.
Mounds View Public Schools District 621 announced new winter weather policies two weeks after the year’s early first snow storm, poised to address the cold and snow with new options and clearer guidelines.
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.