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Published on February 28, 2024
Minneapolis Urges Federal Action Against Hyundai & Kia for Car Thefts, Preps for First Felony Expungement ClinicSource: Unsplash/

Minneapolis City Council isn't playing nice with big auto anymore. In a bold move, council members passed a resolution last Thursday urging the feds to recall certain Hyundai and Kia models. These cars have become a car thief's dream in Minneapolis, lacking the standard anti-theft tech that keeps the bad guys out. "Hyundai and Kia, which are multi-trillion dollar companies, have a responsibility in protecting their consumers," the resolution stated.

In 2022, a staggering 2,340 Kias and Hyundais were swiped off the streets, an 836% jump from the previous year, wreaking havoc in the community. Cars were stolen, not once, not twice, but three times for some unlucky locals. Who's picking up the pieces? the families and the community – that's who. "Our neighbors adeserve to feel safe," the council proclaimed, and they're leaning on Attorney General Keith Ellison to keep pushing hard to make these car companies step up.

Now here's a fresh start we can all get behind. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office is cooking up the first-ever Hennepin County Expungement Clinic & Community Fair on February 28th. It's a big deal for folks with old felonies - they're getting a second shot at the straight and narrow. "This prosecutor-initiated expungement service demonstrates a commitment to facilitating a fresh start for those seeking to rebuild their lives," the bulletin notes. Eligibility is specific though, only adult felony cases from Hennepin County get this golden ticket.

And it's not just about clearing records, the fair packs a punch with a slew of local nonprofits on deck, ready to plug the community into resources like job training to food security. If you hit hard times, this might be your jam – gear up to connect, and hey, maybe even nab some legal advice while you're at it. News on the expungement fair and the full shebang of community resources can be found in the city's bulletin.

Gearing up for election season, the City's laying out the red carpet for early voters, extending hours at the Early Vote Center, and streamlining the ballot process. The message is loud and clear: every vote counts, so don't wait up. Missing a ballot by mail deadline? Haul over to 980 E. Hennepin to make sure your voice is heard. For the full scoop on early voting, just click over to the City's official announcement.

Looking to complain about that pothole swallowing your car's front tire? Wondering why your block's the only one in the city that missed garbage day? call 311. They've become Minneapolis' problem solvers, offering more ways to drop a dime on whatever's got you grinding your teeth.