Readers Write: Minneapolis police, custody laws, cooking at home

I read with great concern retired Minneapolis Police Department Lt. Kim Voss’ opinion piece (“Why I am one of many former MPD officers,” Feb. 5). As a former public defender, prosecutor and judge in Minneapolis, I had cases throughout the years with countless members of the MPD, including Voss herself. Several times I accompanied police officers on ride-alongs and observed their courageous and conscientious efforts to protect the public’s safety.

It is indeed a sad state of affairs when competent, experienced officers in our community feel compelled to leave the police force to preserve their own mental and physical well-being. While there are “bad apples” in any profession — including my own — the vast majority devoting themselves to law enforcement careers are committed to the public’s best interests, placing their own lives in jeopardy every time they put on their uniforms.

Those who condemn the police would do well

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9th annual Cleveland Kurentovanje goes virtual, featuring cooking segments, global celebrations and concert

Cleveland Kurentovanje, a Slovenian-infused Mardi Gras festival—won’t bring together its normal hundreds of Clevelanders who share Slovenian heritage to the historical Slovenian immigrant neighborhood of St. Clair-Superior. Due to COVID-19, this year the celebration will go on but with virtual programming, bringing the carnival to the comfort of your own home.

The 9th annual Kurentovanje festival will be all virtual featuring ways to enhance your own celebration at home, including at-home culinary segments and at-home Kurent making, a beloved figure of the festival that scares away winter and welcome spring.

The festival will include the following activities for eight days. Inspired by Slovenia’s title of European Region of Gastronomy 2021, many events will focus on cooking and the culture of food in Slovenia.

Below is a summary of some of the week’s events as described by the festival organizers. For a full list of events, click here.

Ongoing through Sunday,

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Alibaba News Roundup: Festive Meal Deals Surge & A Global Culinary Journey Streamed on Fliggy

The Alibaba News Roundup is a weekly digest of events and happenings across the company. This week, we look at‘s double-digit growth in the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2020. Featured are rising online restaurant meal offerings for delivery during the coming Chinese New Year holiday, a change from the pre-pandemic festive dining-out scene. We have news about diplomats in China from around the world livestreaming on Fliggy to promote local dishes in the run-up to the CNY. And we share news about the newest store openings on Tmall and the Tmall Luxury Pavilion.

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Alibaba’s International Wholesale Business Grew 53% Amidst Pandemic notched double-digit growth in the quarter ended Dec. 31, 202, according to the group’s latest quarterly earnings released this week. The B2B e-commerce platform was also one of the top-performing

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I Hate Cooking So I Tried A Delivery Meal Kit

Because I can’t survive on various pasta dishes forever.

Hi there! My name is Hannah and cooking is not my forte, but eating sure is.

I’m proficient in a handful of homemade pasta dishes, but I’m not a very adventurous cook outside of those tried and true family recipes.

Hannah Dobrogosz / Via Hannah Dobrogosz

As much as I love pasta, I cannot keep living off of it alone. My gut will explode.

I am, however, a serial snacker, but due to the pandemic, I’ve been very nervous about grocery shopping. Even before this mess, grocery shopping was a struggle for me because I often waste money and opt for cheap junk food and pre-made meals. But, I want to break that cycle!

I decided to try a meal kit delivery service with a few different snack recipes that would be perfect for

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