Plus … Elementary school teacher makes grade with encouraging post-it notes for student.
☀️ Sunny with high temperatures in the low 80s. Wednesday is looking pleasant, with sunshine and a high of around 76 degrees. Looking ahead to the seven-day forecast, there’s a chance for a few showers and rumbles Thursday and Friday, but it’s looking like this weekend could be pretty gorgeous.
🐕 Animal Humane Society is reopening its Golden Valley and Coon Rapids adoption centers starting at noon. AHS closed its adoption centers on April 6 to contain an outbreak of canine influenza.
💧 Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan will visit a water treatment facility in the Twin Cities to sign a bill that will improve Minnesotans’ health and safety by replacing lead pipes throughout the state.
Are crime maps holding back North Minneapolis?
Crime maps can reinforce a negative perception of North Minneapolis, which can discourage businesses and residents from investing in the area.
Violent crime on the North Side of Minneapolis is down in several categories, but this trend may not be reflected in recent crime maps.
North Minneapolis also has a history of over-policing, which can artificially inflate crime data.
Gayle Smaller, who sits on the Northside Residents Redevelopment Council (NRRC), said the recent maps from CoreLogic may explain some of what is happening with the slow pace of economic recovery in North Minneapolis.
Associate Professor Claire Kelling of Carleton College studies crime data and spatial statistics and had concerns with the CoreLogic map of North Minneapolis.
“It’s just so striking to me that this map is not telling the full story,” Kelling said.
She worries about biases that can get baked into so-called “black box algorithms,” and said it is not enough to simply exclude race and ethnicity data because racial bias can reveal itself in more subtle and nuanced ways.
Elementary school teacher makes grade with encouraging post-it notes for student
Pam Mohs, a fourth grade teacher at Lake Elmo Elementary, has been leaving positive Post-it notes in her student Finn Helwig’s locker to reward him when he has a good day.
Finn has struggled in the past with focusing and paying attention in class, but Mohs says the notes have helped him to stay motivated.
Finn’s mother, Maggie Helwig, was so touched by Mohs’ gesture that she shared a photo of Finn’s locker on social media, where it quickly went viral.
“A lot of students don’t need that extra reinforcement. They are already kind of there. That’s why I’m doing this with Finn and it’s working,” Mohs told FOX 9.
“She’s my favorite teacher. She makes all these Post-It Notes and she makes school fun,” said Finn.
“He keeps those Post-It Notes. He loves those Post-It Notes and I think he looks forward to that every day,” said Mohs.
📚 Things to do this week 📚
Book Lady’s Library Pop Up Sale:
678 7th St. W, St. Paul
May 19 through May 21
Jeanette Kamman, aka “The Book Lady” was a notable character within the Saint Paul community, building a collection of over 300,000 books. Now, the community has a chance to get their own piece the famous collection with a pop-up sale this weekend.
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