Good morning, and welcome to Thursday. Here’s the Digest.
1. President Trump Wednesday disbanded his Manufacturing Advisory Council. The move came shortly after 3M CEO Inge Thulin announced he was quitting the panel, following other prominent CEOs in the wake of Trump’s response to a violent weekend white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. “Sustainability, diversity and inclusion are my personal values and also fundamental to the 3M Vision,” Inge said in a statement released by the companyWednesday morning. “I joined the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative in January to advocate for policies that align with our values and encourage even stronger investment and job growth — in order to make the United States stronger, healthier and more prosperous for all people,” he added. “After careful consideration, I believe the initiative is no longer an effective vehicle for 3M to advance these goals.” (MPR News)
2. On Saturday, a 61-year-old Willmar man allegedly used a pig’s foot to taunt a group of Somali people who were selling goods at a farmers market. Two days later, Regina Mustafa, a congressional candidate from Rochester, received a religiously motivated death threat online. These most recent incidents follow what have become almost weekly events in the state. Anti-Muslim hate crimes are rising sharply this year in the state, according to the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-MN. (MPR News)
3. The FBI said Wednesday that it is offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of anyone responsible for the bombing of a Bloomington mosque this month. The bureau’s Minneapolis division has been investigating the Aug. 5 explosion at the Dar Al Farooq Community Center. In a statement posted on Twitter Wednesday, the FBI said the new reward is unrelated to those offered by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the local Muslim American Society. (Star Tribune)
4. The University of Minnesota followed both the law and its own policy when it suspended 10 Gopher football players following allegations of sexual assault last fall, a review by two outside attorneys has found. The report, released Wednesday, blamed much of the turmoil surrounding the high-profile case on “weak leadership” of the coaching staff and the influence of unnamed “third parties.” Those factors, the report said, contributed to a “breakdown in trust” between the football team and university administrators, and “helped foster a hostile atmosphere where meaningful dialogue was difficult.” (Star Tribune)
5. The home of St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter III was burglarized Tuesday, and police have yet to make any arrests. Carter’s home was hit by a daylight break-in while the candidate was on the way to listen to Mayor Chris Coleman’s budget speech. The burglar apparently took electronics, household items, and a secured lock box containing two handguns. “The experience of a home invasion is a traumatic one for myself and my family, especially my children,” Carter said. “We are processing this as a family, and that is my entire focus at this time. I am grateful to be surrounded by concerned neighbors who look out for each other’s safety and security, and I deeply appreciate the thorough investigation by the Saint Paul police officers who responded to the call.” (Pioneer Press)