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Around Minnesota

After nearly 40 years of service, state Senator Linda Berglin announced her resignation , effective Aug. 15.

DFL Rep. Jeff Hayden didn’t waste any time announcing that he’ll seek Berglin’s vacated seat. Gov. Mark Dayton hasn’t said when he’ll call the special election.

Minnesota investors and bankers are watching the debt ceiling debate in Washington closely.

Gov. Mark Dayton was up early at the Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation to shake hands with returning state workers.

MinnPost has a behind the scenes look at what led Dayton to end the government shutdown.

State parks are again accepting online reservations .

Congress

Reps. Keith Ellison and Erik Paulsen talked with Morning Edition’s Cathy Wurzer about the debt ceiling debate in Washington.

The House and Senate are taking two tracks on the debt ceiling debate. The big difference? House Republicans want to raise the debt ceiling now by $1 trillion, and tie a second increase to future debt reduction. Senate Democrats want to slash the deficit by $2.7 billion and extend borrowing authority immediately.

Being the wonk that I am, I’m digging this comparision of the GOP and Democratic plans.

Last night, President Barack Obama asked the public to contact lawmakers and demand “a balanced approach” to solving the debt ceiling impasse.

Here’s text of Obama’s speech, and a summary of House Speaker John Boehner’s response.

The Race for President

Rep. Michele Bachmann is headed to California in September to address the California Republican Party at its fall convention.

The game of “he said, she said” continues between former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Bachmann. This time, Pawlenty fires back, criticizing her for having a tendency to say “things that are off the mark.”

Iowa news station WQAD reports that Bachmann refused to grant an interview after an anchor asked Bachmann earlier this month about an undercover video made in her husband’s counseling clinic.

The Des Moines Register fact-checks a few Bachmann and Pawlenty statements.

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