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Republicans approved their slate of candidates for the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. The list includes former GOP House Speaker Steve Sviggum, former GOP state Rep. Laura Brod and Minnesota Power executive (and MN Chamber board member) David McMillan. Democrats cry foul. AFL-CIO member Steve Hunter is the odd man out and loses his seat on the Board of Regents.

The newest member of the Minnesota Legislature will be sworn in today. DFLer Carly Melin will take her oath of office in Hibbing.

The recent snowfall increases the flood risk in the state.

Governor Dayton will hold metro flood meetings.

Dayton also held a conference call with North Dakota’s governor and the Manitoba Premier about potential flooding in northwestern Minnesota.

Dayton will speak at a U of M rally at the State Capitol.

The city of Minneapolis held stadium talks with the Vikings.

A lack of housing is forcing a high volume of sex offenders into metro neighborhoods.

DFL state Rep. Joe Atkins wants former Gov. Tim Pawlenty to come testify in favor of his renewable energy standard that some Republicans want to repeal.

A committee in the Minnesota House passed the “cheeseburger bill.”

Wisconsin Labor standoff

Neither side is budging in the Wisconsin union fight.

The New York Times takes a look at how the Koch brothers play a role in Wisconsin’s union fight.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will address Wisconsin residents directly regarding the standoff.

Meanwhile, unions go up with an ad criticizing Walker.

Congress

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticizes Libya’s leadership for a brutal crackdown on protesters.

U.S. drone attacks aren’t hitting high ranking militants.

The protests in Bahrain could harm U.S. military efforts in the Middle East.

The American held in Pakistan worked with the CIA.

President Obama holds a small business summit in Cleveland.

The House and Senate are in talks to avoid a government shutdown.

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack will attend a Highway 53 Task Force meeting in April.

2012 Race for President

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann adds another Iowa trip to her schedule. This time she’ll be speaking at Congressman Steve King’s event.

The Star Tribune takes a look at why Pawlenty’s attacks are becoming more pointed. Some argue that it’s Pawlenty’s decision to be a little more bold. Critics say he’s running a campaign of “gimmicks and slogans.”

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour campaigned in Iowa.

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  • Ralph Crammedin

    “A pile of poo,” ex-Governor Baby Talk calls the budget, struggling to sound Presidential. It’s time for ex-gov Tiny Tim to pick up his binky, go wee-wee and head for his crib. You can stick a fork in Tim Pawlenty. He’s done.