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Trucker who drove into George Floyd protest may have charges dropped

Photo: Christopher Mark Juhn/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The truck driver who drove through a large crowd protesting George Floyd's death last year will have his criminal charges dropped if he is law-abiding for the next year, AP reports.

Catch up quick: Authorities had closed off the highway area as a precaution, but video footage showed Bogdan Vechirko honking and driving his tanker rig through the protest, which numbered in the hundreds.

See inside this $7.5 million Orono countryside mansion for sale

Photo courtesy of Spacecrafting

Want your own fairytale castle? Orono's "Huntington Manor," a $7,495,000 estate 20 miles west of Minneapolis, is on the market.

Background: The nearly 9,000-square-foot house was designed by Plymouth architect James McNeal and built in 2019 as a model home, Sarah Polovitz of Edina Realty said. The buyer would be the first to live there.

  • The four-bedroom, six-bath home sits on 3.4 acres and is adjacent to 60+ acres of protected land.

The place has lots of rare features: All-glass walls, elaborate helix staircase, three-arched fireplace and limestone exterior, which took 45 truckloads of solid limestone to complete, Polovitz said.

See more photos here.

What's on tap in the Twin Cities this weekend

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Summer is rolling and in case you missed it, we launched a weekly events calendar last week. Every Friday, our newsletter will feature what's happening around town.

Jun 18, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

No DFL endorsement in Minneapolis mayoral race

Sheila Nezhad (left) and Kate Knuth (center) are challenging Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. Photos: Courtesy of Nezhad and Knuth campaigns; Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

No candidate running for mayor of Minneapolis secured enough delegates to win an endorsement from the city's DFL party.

What happened: After six rounds of ranked choice ballot counting, challenger Sheila Nezhad had 53% of the vote to incumbent Mayor Jacob Frey's 40%. A candidate needs 60% for the endorsement.

What they're saying:

  • Nezhad declared on Twitter that her team "won the Minneapolis DFL convention."
  • Kate Knuth, another progressive challenger who got 29% on the first round, congratulated Nezhad and tweeted that the vote totals made it clear "the people of Minneapolis refuse to accept the status quo."
  • Frey noted that he got the most votes on the first ballot (36%). "By earning the most first-choice votes among delegates, we demonstrated our campaign's broad support across all ages and neighborhoods in the city," he said in a statement.

What's ahead: All three candidates are staying in the race and will square off in November's general election.

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