Melvin Carter is the new mayor of Saint Paul and will be the first person of color in that position, after taking a decisive and earlier-than-expected victory in a field of 10 candidates. Carter told supporters at Union Depot he’s thrilled, elated and humbled. He’ll succeed Chris Coleman, who’s running for governor.
In Minneapolis, city councilmember Jacob Frey (FRY) grabbed an early lead over rival Tom Hoch (HOKE) and incumbent Betsy Hodges, but no candidate reached 50 percent and all are waiting for votes to be distributed from ranked-choice ballots.
The nation’s first transgender woman of color has been elected to office in Minnesota. Andrea Jenkins will join Minneapolis City Council as the Ward 8 representative. Jenkins beat a handful of other candidates with 73-percent of the vote.
School levy and referenda results are still coming in after voting on Tuesday. In southern Minnesota, voters said “no” to a plan for constructing a new school building to house all grades in the Maple River School District. Meanwhile in central Minnesota, voters approved a technology improvement referendum in the ROCORI School District.
A woman is dead after an apparent stabbing in St. Paul Tuesday night. Police were called to apartment and found the woman with a stab wound. She was taken to the hospital where she later died. An arrest has been made and officials say there is no threat to the public. The woman’s death is the 20th homicide in the city this year.
The Science Museum of Minnesota says sales hit 10-thousand units on the first day for a re-created vintage hoodie worn in the 1980s by a character on the Netflix show “Stranger Things.” The Explore Store sold out within two hours Tuesday morning and the website was overwhelmed, but on-line sales resumed Tuesday afternoon and officials say another shipment is due *this* afternoon at the Saint Paul store.