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Meet the 2022 Queen of Snows candidates of the St. Paul Winter Carnival

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Meet the 2022 Queen of Snows candidates of the St. Paul Winter Carnival

After a skipped year due to the pandemic, this year there are 20 candidates to wear the crown of Aurora, Queen of Snows of the 2022 St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Royal Coronation is 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at the St. Paul RiverCentre. King Boreas, Aurora and the Princes and Princesses will be revealed. Ahead of coronation, here’s a look at the Queen of Snows candidates:

Keyah Adams (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Keyah Adams, 27, of Oakdale, sponsored by 5th Street Poker Parties. Adams, a Hopkins native, says she “followed her heart” to the east metro. She has a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in heritage studies and public history, with a focus in archaeological heritage. Adams is a cultural resource assistant at Mead & Hunt. In her free time, she enjoys laughing with family, collaborating as a coordinator for the Mainstreet Foundation, honing her photography skills and breaking a sweat in her new pursuit, mastering aerial skills.

Jayda Bagstad
Jayda Bagstad (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Jayda Bagstad, 22, of Hopkins, sponsored by Mess Hall. Bagstad recently graduated from Hamline University with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice, with minors in social justice, legal studies and psychology. She currently works as a housing first advocate at Supportive Living Solutions. Bagstad, the 2019-2021 Hopkins Raspberry Festival Queen, represented Hopkins at the Minneapolis Aquatennial and was the recipient of the InSPIREation award. In her free time, she loves supporting other ambassador programs by attending parades and coronations.

Shannon Baier
Shannon Baier (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Shannon Baier, 21, of Hudson, Wis., sponsored by Village Inn Sports Bar & Grill. Baier recently graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in business administration — marketing management. She is living her passion for serving children in need and using her degree to work in human resources for three schools. Baier and her sister are founders of a nonprofit organization, Blankets for a Brighter Day, which provides tie blankets to patients at Children’s Minnesota — Minneapolis. She enjoys attending sporting events with her family and spending time with her puppy, Ernie.

Jen Baltes
Jen Baltes (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Jen Baltes, 51, of West St. Paul, sponsored by F2 Strategy. Baltes, who is sponsored by her employer, provides consulting on change management, technology operations and project management. She has spent the last 12 years volunteering for West St. Paul Days. Her family includes her husband, Dan, and children, Zach and Mina. She loves working with the community and giving to others.

Effie Barnes
Effie Barnes (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Effie Barnes, 27, of St. Paul, sponsored by LCS Company. Barnes was born and raised in Farmington. She graduated from Hamline University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and is currently finishing her first novel. She works as a personal banker at Highland Bank in St. Paul. In her spare time, Barnes enjoys scrapbooking at her mom’s crafting retreat, exploring sites of the Minnesota Historical Society and volunteering in her community by mentoring young adults. In 2020, Effie became a first-time homeowner in St. Paul, where she lives with her guinea pigs and cat, Bucky.

Dee Barrett
Dee Barrett (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Dee Barrett, 51, of Fridley, sponsored by Visit Roseville. Barrett has honed her organization and leadership skills working with executives at Medtronic. In her spare time, she has fostered more than 300 dogs and raised awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. During the early days of the pandemic, Barrett went walking — and hasn’t stopped: She has logged 2,983 miles including virtual 5Ks and the Mud Girl Run. When she does slow down, you’ll find her at home with her family and three dogs, likely crafting.

Michelle Boris
Michelle Boris (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Michelle Boris, 32, of Fridley, sponsored by Dan Moran Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch. Boris is the coordinator of young adult ministries at a White Bear Lake church. A graduate of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, she has a degree in evangelization and religious education with a Spanish minor. She enjoys volunteering with the Friends of San Lucas and Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest. She has great childhood memories of the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Sunny Chen
Sunny Chen (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Sunny Chen, 23, of Shoreview, sponsored by Ideal Printers, Inc. Chen graduated in 2019 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in information systems. She is a technical writer with ServiceTec International at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. When she’s not working, Sunny enjoys baking from scratch, playing JRPG (role-playing) video games and learning how to sew to make and model cosplay costumes.

Dana DeMaster
Dana DeMaster (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Dana DeMaster, 44, of St. Paul, sponsored by Hoover Perio. DeMaster, who has a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Catherine and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota, manages research and program evaluation for Ramsey County. She is also a mom to two kids, Quinn and Daphne. As a volunteer, she serves as board president of the Fort Road Federation, her district council. In her spare time, she sews historical clothing from between 1780 and 1940. Nearly her entire wardrobe is hand-sewn, with a focus on the 1940s, but her passion is sewing historic corsets. She loves the Winter Carnival, especially attending Carnival events with family and friends.

Jayna Emerson
Jayna Emerson (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Jayna Emerson, 32, of New Richmond, Wis., sponsored by Bob & Cheryl Flood. Emerson was born and raised in St. Paul. She loves country music and “anything that sparkles!” She is currently a cloudLibrary account specialist at Bibliotheca in Oakdale. In her spare time, she enjoys organizing, reading, completing do-it-yourself projects and taking her 6-year-old son, Jacob, to as many parades as possible. Emerson is passionate about her involvement in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Twin Cities’ Out of the Darkness Walk. She is also a board member with the Ambassadors for the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Alyssa Grythe
Alyssa Grythe (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Alyssa Grythe, 25, Cottage Grove, sponsored by Opportunity Community Services, Inc.: Grythe is currently an assistant program manager at Opportunity Community Services Inc. in Oakdale, where she assists with relocation services and coordination and targeted case management. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in social work. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, spending time with her family, going on walks with her dog, a Labrador named Theo, reading, cooking and baking. She also enjoys volunteering, including tutoring children in reading and math.

Cathryn Heimerdinger
Cathryn Heimerdinger (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Cathryn Heimerdinger, 33, of Oakdale, sponsored by Northern Prairie Financial. Heimerdinger’s passion for science led her to become a chemist, then a regulatory affairs specialist for Medtronic. An avid “Harry Potter” enthusiast, she also enjoys baking, fitness and learning, as well as giving back to her community.

Rahila Hungiapuko
Rahila Hungiapuko (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Rahila Hungiapuko, 32, of Lauderdale, sponsored by Allegra Marketing Print Mail. Hungiapuko is a graduate of Bethel University and is currently studying for a master’s degree. An educator, she specializes in English language development, working with primary and secondary English language learners. Born in Nigeria and raised in St. Paul, she enjoys spending time outdoors, from sledding to paddleboarding. She is also a local performer in community theater. She has a pet bunny named Bella.

Katey Johnson
Katey Johnson (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Katey Johnson, 45, of St. Paul, sponsored by The Tschida-Johnson Family. Johnson was born and raised in St. Paul, where she attended Como Park Senior High School, going on to study theatrical arts and drama at Century College. When the travel bug hit her, she became a flight attendant with Delta. Grounded by the pandemic, she now works as an account manager for Madison Equities LLC in downtown St. Paul. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for Special Olympics Minnesota or enjoying the great outdoors with her husband, Brad, and their dog, a three-pound teacup Yorkie named Harley.

Kim Johnson
Kim Johnson (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Kim Johnson, 38, of Apple Valley, sponsored by White Bear Country Inn & Rudy’s Redeye Grill. Johnson, who grew up in Northeast Minneapolis, joined the military at age 17. She retired from the Minnesota Army National Guard after 20 years of service. She is the Women Veteran and Gold Star Family Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs. Her family includes her husband, Bryan, and her 7-year-old daughter, Danielle.

Kylie Johnson
Kylie Johnson (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Kylie Johnson, 24, of Woodbury, sponsored by Hamernick’s Interior Solutions. Born and raised in Woodbury, Johnson was first introduced to the Winter Carnival by her grandmother in 2004. A December 2021 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, she is now a teacher at Everbrook Academy of Woodbury. When she isn’t in the classroom, she loves hiking throughout Minnesota’s state parks with her dog, Solo.

Maija Johnson
Maija Johnson (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Maija Johnson, 21, of Woodbury, sponsored by Doodle Productions. Johnson currently attends Grand Canyon University online, pursuing a degree in elementary and special education. With her love of music, she also teaches violin to beginners. A volunteer for the Winter Carnival, she’s wanted to be a part of the royal family since childhood. In her free time, she also volunteers for several other organizations, including Camp Odayin. She enjoys playing with her new kitten, Laszlo.

Marissa Mayfield
Marissa Mayfield (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Marissa Mayfield, 23, of Monticello, sponsored by Quality Insurance Service. Mayfield, a college student, is awaiting acceptance into her desired program of nursing. While she waits, she works full time at Helzberg Diamonds at the Mall of America. She enjoys cooking, even after a full day of working.

Susan Pulcher
Susan Pulcher (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Susan Pulcher, 53, of Cambridge, sponsored by South Main Dental. Pulcher has been a labor, postpartum and NICU nurse for the past 22 years. In 2021, she reached her goal of returning to college and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She most recently obtained her certified lactation counselor accreditation and has applied to receive her public health license. She has two grown children and welcomed her first grandchild in 2020.

Teri Theno-Erb
Teri Theno-Erb (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Teri Theno-Erb, 57, of Oakdale, sponsored by Patti Jo and Kari Fitzpatrick at Coldwell Banker. Theno-Erb has roots in West St. Paul and raised her three kids in Oakdale. She is the owner of Teri’s Hair Studio. She is newly married to her soulmate and biggest supporter, John. With her communication skills and her big heart, as well as her history of giving back, she believes she would make a great Winter Carnival representative.

Royal Coronation of Boreas Rex LXXXV and Aurora, Queen of Snows

  • When: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 (social hour, 5:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m.; doors open for general admission seating at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Where: St. Paul RiverCentre
  • Cost: $25 with a Winter Carnival button; dinner is $90 for members, $105 for nonmembers
  • Note: Seating is very limited. General admission tickets will be sold until Jan. 27 while supplies last, with no ticket sales at the door.
  • Ticket and event info: www.wintercarnival.com/events/royal-coronation

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Biden: Recession not inevitable, pain to last ‘some time’

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By JOSH BOAK and AAMER MADHANI

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden says he does not believe an economic recession in the U.S. is inevitable despite record high inflation and supply shortages partly caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Speaking at a news conference Monday in Tokyo, Biden acknowledged that the American economy has “problems,” but said it was better positioned than other countries.

“We have problems that the rest of the world has,” Biden said, “but less consequential than the rest of the world has.”

Biden acknowledged the impact that severe supply shortages and high energy prices are having on U.S. families. He said his administration was working to ease the pain for U.S. consumers, but said there were unlikely to be immediate solutions.

“This is going to be a haul,” Biden said. “This is going to take some time.”

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday promised “concrete benefits” for the people of the Indo-Pacific region from a new trade pact he was set to launch, designed to signal U.S. dedication to the contested economic sphere and address the need for stability in commerce after disruptions caused by the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden said the new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework would also increase U.S. cooperation with other nations in the region.

The White House said the framework will help the United States and Asian economies work more closely on issues including supply chains, digital trade, clean energy, worker protections and anticorruption efforts. The details still need to be negotiated among the member countries, making it difficult for the administration to say how this agreement would fulfill the promise of helping U.S. workers and businesses while also meeting global needs.

Countries signing on to the framework were to be announced Monday during Biden’s visit to Tokyo for talks with Kishida. It’s the latest step by the Biden administration to try to preserve and broaden U.S. influence in a region that until recently looked to be under the growing sway of China.

Kishida hosted a formal state welcome for Biden at Akasaka Palace, including a white-clad military honor guard and band in the front plaza. Reviewing the assembled troops, Biden placed his hand over his heart as he passed the American flag and bowed slightly as he passed the Japanese standard.

Kishida, in brief remarks, said he was “absolutely delighted” to welcome Biden to Tokyo on the first Asia trip of his presidency. Along with Biden, he drove a tough line against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, saying it “undermines the foundation of global order.”

Biden, who is in the midst of a five-day visit to South Korea and Japan, called the U.S.-Japanese alliance a “cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific” and thanked Japan for its “strong leadership” in standing up to Russia.

The White House announced plans to build the economic framework in October as a replacement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the U.S. dropped out of in 2017 under then-President Donald Trump.

The new pact comes at a moment when the administration believes it has the edge in its competition with Beijing. Bloomberg Economics published a report last week projecting U.S. GDP growth at about 2.8% in 2022 compared to 2% for China, which has been trying to contain the coronavirus through strict lockdowns while also dealing with a property bust. The slowdown has undermined assumptions that China would automatically supplant the U.S. as the world’s leading economy.

“The fact that the United States will grow faster than China this year, for the first time since 1976, is a quite striking example of how countries in this region should be looking at the question of trends and trajectories,” said White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

Critics say the framework has gaping shortcomings. It doesn’t offer incentives to prospective partners by lowering tariffs or provide signatories with greater access to U.S. markets. Those limitations may not make the U.S. framework an attractive alternative to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which still moved forward after the U.S. bailed out. China, the largest trading partner for many in the region, is also seeking to join TPP.

“I think a lot of partners are going to look at that list and say: ‘That’s a good list of issues. I’m happy to be involved,’” said Matthew Goodman, a former director for international economics on the National Security Council during President Barack Obama’s administration. But he said they also may ask, “Are we going to get any tangible benefits out of participating in this framework?”

It is possible for countries to be part of both trade deals.

Biden’s first stop Monday was a private meeting with Emperor Naruhito of Japan at Naruhito’s residence on the lush grounds of the Imperial Palace before the talks with Kishida.

The two leaders were also set to meet with families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea decades ago. The Japanese premier took office last fall and is looking to strengthen ties with the U.S. and build a personal relationship with Biden. He’ll host the president at a restaurant for dinner.

The launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, also known as IPEF, has been billed by the White House as one of the bigger moments of Biden’s Asia trip and of his ongoing effort to bolster ties with Pacific allies. Through it all, administration officials have kept a close eye on China’s growing economic and military might in the region.

In September the U.S. announced a new partnership with Australia and Britain called AUKUS that is aimed and deepening security, diplomatic and defense cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Through that AUKUS partnership, Australia will purchase nuclear-powered submarines, and the U.S. is to increase rotational force deployments to Australia.

The U.S. president has also devoted great attention to the informal alliance known as the Quad, formed during the response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed some 230,000 people. Biden and fellow leaders from the alliance, which also includes Australia, India and Japan, are set to gather in Tokyo for their second in-person meeting in less than a year. The leaders have also held two video calls since Biden took office.

And earlier this month, Biden gathered representatives from nine of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Washington for a summit, the first ever by the organization in the U.S. capital. Biden announced at the summit the U.S. would invest some $150 million in clean energy and infrastructure initiatives in ASEAN nations.

Sullivan confirmed on Sunday that Taiwan — which had sought membership in the IPEF framework— isn’t among the governments that will be included. Participation of the self-ruled island of Taiwan, which China claims as its own, would have irked Beijing.

Sullivan said the U.S. wants to deepen its economic partnership with Taiwan, including on high technology issues and semiconductor supply on a one-to-one basis.

Biden will wrap up his five days in Asia on Tuesday with the Quad meeting and one-on-one talks with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australia’s new prime minister, Anthony Albanese.

The center-left leader of the Australian Labor Party this weekend defeated incumbent Scott Morrison and ended nine years of conservative rule.

Modi, leader of the world’s biggest democracy, has declined to join the U.S. and other allies in levying sanctions against Russia over the invasion of Ukraine. In a video call last month, Biden asked Modi not to accelerate its purchase of Russian oil.

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Associated Press writers Zeke Miller and Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.

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Tim Anderson’s 3-run homer punctuates the Chicago White Sox’s doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees

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Tim Anderson’s 3-run homer punctuates the Chicago White Sox’s doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees

Johnny Cueto was terrific in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader against the New York Yankees.

Michael Kopech was even better in Game 2 as the Chicago White Sox swept the twinbill, beating the Yankees 3-1 and 5-0.

“What a day,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said.

Cueto allowed six hits in six-plus scoreless innings at Yankee Stadium but did not factor in the decision. The Sox gave up a late lead only to respond with two in the ninth for the Game 1 win.

Kopech retired the first 17 batters in Game 2. Rob Brantly broke up the perfect game with a two-out double in the sixth.

“I felt like everything was working today,” said Kopech, who lowered his ERA to 1.29. “The first time this season that’s been the case. It was nice to go out there and feel confident with every pitch I threw.

“I try to be perfect every time and I know that’s never going to be the case, but I feel like if I can hold on to that little bit as deep as I can into the game, then I’ll be in a good position. And I was able to do that for a lot of the day.”

Kopech — who returned from the paternity leave list after the birth Friday of his second son, Vander — allowed one hit with six strikeouts and two walks in seven scoreless innings.

“Kopech made so many great pitches and mixed them up great,” La Russa said. “He had so much command. When you see that, I don’t care how good the hitters are, they’re going to have a tough time.”

The Sox scored five with two outs in the eighth on RBI hits by Andrew Vaughn and Reese McGuire and a three-run home run by shortstop Tim Anderson — his third hit of the game.

“This guy is as good as anybody playing at that position and one of the best players in baseball,” La Russa said of Anderson.

Vaughn came through with two outs, singling to center against Jonathan Loáisiga to bring home José Abreu. McGuire followed with another single, bringing in Adam Engel.

Anderson — who was booed throughout the night by Yankees fans after Saturday’s words with Josh Donaldson and a bench-clearing incident — then homered against Miguel Castro.

“Tim’s going to show up every day ready to play and lead this team,” Kopech said. “And he did that again tonight.”

In the first game, AJ Pollock put the Sox ahead in the ninth with a leadoff homer to left on a 1-0 fastball from Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman.

“You’ve got to stay short to him,” Pollock said. “He’s got some good velocity, good cut on his fastball, so just trying to hit a line drive and it worked out.”

Vaughn drew a one-out walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball before scoring on a double by Engel, making it 3-1. Liam Hendriks struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 13th save.

It was a nice bounce-back performance by the Sox after the Yankees tied the score at 1 in the eighth when Aaron Judge homered to left on an 0-2 sinker against reliever Kendall Graveman.

The Yankees put two on with one out in the inning, but Graveman rebounded to get Donaldson to fly out to center and Aaron Hicks to pop out to third.

“Most times when you do that, (you) lose your concentration and there is another run on the board,” La Russa said of Graveman. “He got the zero afterward, gave us a chance to win.”

Cueto put the Sox in an excellent position early.

“I had good command of all my pitches today and they had very good movement and I was able to locate them up and down the zone,” Cueto, who was receiving fluids in the aftermath of Game 1, said in a statement. “That was the key to keep the Yankees off-balanced today.”

The Sox went ahead 1-0 on an RBI single by Yasmani Grandal in the fourth.

And Cueto kept “dealing,” as Pollock said. He struck out five and walked two in the 95-pitch outing.

“He’s been awesome for us,” Pollock said. “Works fast and has all sorts of pitches to get them off-balanced. Shimmy shake (delivery). It’s awesome to play behind him. It’s great having him out there for the first game of a doubleheader because of the tone he just set for us.”

Cueto has pitched 12 scoreless innings, the third-longest streak for a Sox starter at the beginning of his tenure with the team since 1974, according to STATS. Ken Brett pitched 17 scoreless innings in 1976 and Jack McDowell went 13 innings in 1987.

Cueto allowed two hits and struck out seven in six scoreless innings against the Royals.

“He’s an artist,” La Russa said. “It’s fun to watch him pitch a game. And that’s what he’s been, an outstanding starting pitcher, because he gives you a different look four times in a game.”

Cueto exited after allowing two singles to begin the seventh. Joe Kelly struck out Marwin Gonzalez, picked off Hicks at second and struck out Jose Trevino to maintain the one-run lead.

“Kelly was just perfect,” La Russa said.

The Yankees got the run in the eighth, but Pollock came though with the big hit in the ninth to give the Sox what La Russa called a “hard-earned” victory.

The Sox made it two-for-two Sunday with more stellar pitching and clutch hitting.

“It just shows we have that in us,” Vaughn said, “and we’ve just got to keep going and keep building off of it.”

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With St. Paul community center ailing, Keith Ellison’s office demands reforms at Cameroon Community organization

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With St. Paul community center ailing, Keith Ellison’s office demands reforms at Cameroon Community organization

With high hopes and no small amount of fanfare, leaders of the Twin Cities’ Cameroonian community pooled their resources in late 2013 and purchased a 57,000-square-foot, two-level office building in St. Paul’s Bandana Square for the bargain price of $200,000.

It was a deal by any stretch of the imagination. The future MinCam Community Center off Energy Park Drive carried an assessed market value of $3 million, at least on paper, though it came with a requirement that the association pay off some $100,000 in outstanding property taxes.

But the community center has been rife with infighting and dysfunction, involving legal action and public accusations of mismanagement.

Last week officials with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office announced they had stepped into the fray as the state’s charity regulator.

The attorney general’s new 16-page “assurance of discontinuance” agreement, signed by a representative of the Minnesota Cameroon Community and filed in Ramsey County District Court, seeks to hold the association accountable for “inattentiveness and governance violations” that have “allowed this important community asset to fall into disrepair,” according to a statement from Ellison’s office.

According to documents from the attorney general’s office, the property tax debt ballooned to $172,000. A broken boiler went unattended for months, causing what some fear is irreparable building damage over the course of a winter. Water mains burst in February 2021. The building’s property insurance lapsed in 2017, and energy bills mounted.

Community center leaders can’t account for all of the funds collected for property tax payments and building repair, according to the attorney general’s office. Questions over who truly leads MinCam — its board of directors, its president, the representative assembly, the general assembly or the community center management team — flared into a legal dispute over who had the right to call elections in the summer of 2020.

Among the requirements imposed under the agreement with the attorney general’s office, MinCam cannot solicit further donations without first registering as a charity with the attorney general’s office, which leaders had failed to do.

MinCam must restructure its leadership so that a singular board controls the business and affairs of the organization. It must also maintain and comply with internal financial management practices developed in consultation with professionals, and adopt a conflict-of-interest, whistleblower and document-retention policy.

“MCC’s directors and officers are further required to properly maintain all books and records of the organization and adopt policies to ensure that funds are properly spent on the purposes for which they were given,” reads a statement from Ellison’s office.

A request for comment was not returned Friday by an attorney for MinCam. The listed phone number for the community center’s was out of service Friday.

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