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Around Minnesota

Job vacancies in Minnesota were up by nearly a third this spring compared to the same time last year.

Congress

Reps. Erik Paulsen and John Kline are skeptical of extending the payroll tax cut.

Debate over extending the cut is going to be a hot topic in Congress when lawmakers return next week.

Paulsen has gotten little media attention since he entered office.

Rep. Chip Cravaack has concerns about New York water ballast regulations.

CNN profiles Rep. Keith Ellison’s religious evolution.

Race for President

Donors from the finance industry have been generous with Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Bachmann and her fellow GOP presidential candidates are unlikely to detail their jobs plans any time soon.

CNN says Bachmann may struggle in Iowa.

A new poll by Fox News shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry as the preferred GOP candidate.

GOP campaigns snag Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s office space and staffers in New Hampshire.

The Vikings Stadium

The team may kick-in more money to close the stadium deal.

Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch said she doesn’t think a stadium plan should be exempt from a referendum if sales taxes are part of the financing package.