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Timberwovles in Disarray!

Plus a big fentanyl bust, a racist Michaels manager, and a gorgeous voter guide in today's Flyover.

Gersson Rosas and a basketball: The Wolves haven't known what to do with either one of 'em.
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Welcome back to The Flyover, your daily noontime(ish) digest of what local media outlets and Twitter-ers are gabbing about.

Rosas Is Goin’ Down, They’re Yellin’ Timber(wolves)

Every journalist knows better than to mock someone else’s typo, because your own embarrassing flub is just a keystroke away. But fuck it, we’re talking about the Timberwolves here—or “Timberwovles,” as a quote from owner Glen Taylor called the team in a hastily issued press release regarding the firing of GM Gersson Rosas yesterday. Sources cited “growing discord and strained relationships” as the likely cause of Rosas’s ouster, as well as the fact that he was indiscreetly canoodling with an employee. It all happened very fast, but as the Racket staff can attest, when Glen Taylor fires you, you don’t get much advance warning. Anyway, whatever, the Wolves will soon be relocating to Telosa, new co-owner Marc Lore’s supposedly soon-to-be-constructed desert city.

Sahan Journal and Pollen Publish Community-Sourced Voting Guide

The thing about elections is, we all feel like we should know more than we do, and sometimes we all feel a little too ashamed of what we don’t know to ask. So what’s great about this new Voters Guide, a collaborative project between the Sahan Journal, Pollen Midwest, and Pillsbury United Communities is how comprehensive it is. Helps that the creators surveyed immigrant communities to find out what was needed. It’s interactive. It’s colorful. It’s informative. We love it. 

That’s… a Lot of Fentanyl

New Hope Police Department scored big during a routine traffic stop last week. After the driver, Victor Carbello, consented to a vehicle search, cops discovered a secret compartment filled with PR gold: three 10-pound bricks of fentanyl and over 10,000 pills. Yesterday the District of Minnesota and Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk announced that four suspects had been arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute. According to the statement, the drugs were escorted earlier this week by police, via a “controlled delivery,” to a private residence in New Hope before the suspects’ homes were raided and the four were taken into custody. There’s already a lot of fentanyl out on the street, and it’s led to a spike in overdoses this year. Be careful out there.

State Slams Michaels and Brooklyn Center Cops for Rights Violations

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has found that both the Michaels craft store in Brooklyn Center and the local police racially discriminated against a Black teen in March 2019. And that’s putting it mildly. The Human Rights Department found that the manager inappropriately called the cops on the teen, who then used unnecessary force on him. You’ll be shocked to learn that the version of events recounted by the manager and the police didn’t quite match up with what the security camera showed. In other news, the reforms that Brooklyn Center has attempted to implement in response to last year’s police killing of Daunte Wright at a traffic stop are reportedly running into budget constraints.