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September 28, 2012

The Killings at Accent Signage Systems

Filed under: Minneapolis,Minnesota — baseball91 @ 1:30 am
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In a slowly developing story, a shooting took place today at Accent Signage Systems’ 30,000-square-foot office and production space in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood in Minneapolis during the end of the business day. Eight Accent Signage Systems employees were seen standing in a prayer circle near the scene of a shooting late this afternoon, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Approached after their prayer, the eight people of a total staff numbered at 28 in July, said they did not wish to comment about the shooting of six people, with two reported dead and four hospitalized.

Sixty-one year old Reuven Rahamim who stared ths interior-signage company is the son of Iranian Jews that had come to the Israel in the late 1940s. In 1974 Reuven Rahamim’s family emigrated from Israel to Minnesota; after starting Accent Signage Systems in the early 1980s out of the basement of his Minneapolis home, Reuven Rahamim was expecting “Accent’s annual revenue, now in the $5 million to $10 million range, to grow 11 percent this year.” And if so, he had plans to hire up to seven more people, per the July 2012 piece in http://finance-commerce.com

Minnpost had just run a piece in their online paper about Rahamim’s company in August 2012. “Accent’s work also goes beyond sign-making,” with workshops set up “at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Moose Lake, where they teach job skills and train inmates to build signs for the state. Accent provides the same type of training at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee, serving veterans who have difficulty finding work.” Minnpost also reported, “Rahamim said he tries to give back to the community, because the U.S. has allowed him to achieve success he wouldn’t have reached anywhere else.”

Minnpost is a collection of veteran journalist forced into retirement by the financial pinch felt at newspapers throughout the nation, who now do a better job with the news than the green staff left behind at the Minneapolis StarTrib.

LINK http://www.minnpost.com/line/2012/08/green-and-global-signmakers

PHOTO COURTESY OF ASSSOCIATED PRESS by BILL KLOT of Finance and Commerce

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The photo is of the killer identified as Andrew John Engeldinger who lived at 3721 12th Avenue South in Minneapolis, a fourteen year employee of Accent Signage Systems.

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2 Comments »

  1. Note what is now reported as fact by the Startrib:

    !) Accent Signage Systems was founded in 1996.
    2) The Minneapolis Star Tribune is using as a source a freelance journalist who has worked for the Star Tribune, though not apparently getting paid for any information in the piece that they have chosen to run online. That is how this professional model of journalism was able to include the fact “the company had annual revenue of $5 million to $10 million, according to company officials interviewed earlier Thursday by the freelance journalist.”

    The Washington Post is reporting that there were more dead employees of Accent Signage Company than has been reported by the local press.

    Comment by baseball91 — September 28, 2012 @ 1:43 am | Reply

  2. The killer has been identified as Andrew John Engeldinger who lived at 3721 12th Avenue South in Minneapolis, MN 55407-2705. This is the Engeldinger kid who spent some time in his life in a three bedroom house near 68th and Elliot in Richfield in the early 1990s whose sister is a much respected peace activist. So the question is what this 14-year graphic designer had done which caused his firing — explaining the number of employee differential between the July on-line article and the number of employees reported by the StarTribune — which led to this horror.

    The Minneapolis Police Chief”s comment, apparently unchallenged, was that the munitions found at the home of the killer were a suggestion of a plan to kill. Yet, Engeldinger had just been fired that day. So this was just a case of a public official calling a news conference, with the mayor alongside him, trying to make some kind of thoughtless point in vilifying the killer — All these elected officials who feel the need to make some kind of public statements to justify the need for further law while expressing public condolences — as if further law can prevent horrors — though with no qualms to further replicate with legislation like the Patriot Acts as the model of government that was constructed in the Eastern Bloc. So we can all live in safety, maybe reporting on all of the neighbors.

    Comment by baseball91 — September 28, 2012 @ 6:21 pm | Reply


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