Santorum finds friends in Fargo, Chippewa band settle dispute from 1800s

Different approach, same message from Gov. Dayton: Work together

Bemidji Pioneer: “Gov. Mark Dayton took a kinder, gentler approach in his Wednesday night State of the State speech, but his message still was the same as in recent public comments when he harshly criticized Republicans.” MPR News: “In a speech that was part conciliatory and part confrontational, Gov. Mark Dayton outlined his priorities for the legislative session, and politely asked legislative leaders to pass his job creation plans.” Star Tribune: “The DFL governor, who just last week called Republican leaders “too extreme to lead,” asked them to pass his bonding bill, vote on a Minnesota Vikings football stadium and vacate the State Capitol for several years to accomplish a major overhaul of the aging structure.” MPR News live blog coverage of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s State of the State address.

Santorum goes after Obama in Fargo, N.D.

MPR News: “Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum drew a crowd of hundreds at a campaign stop in Fargo, N.D. Wednesday evening.” Forum of Fargo Moorhead: “Candidate holds up Sioux jersey and says ‘I sort of like that logo.'” Santorum releases federal tax returns showing rise in wealth in 3 of 4 years AP: “Santorum, 53, has sold himself in the Republican primaries as both a Washington outsider and a social conservative, stressing his family’s coal-mining background and his appeal to religious and working-class voters. His personal finances tell a different story.”

Six Chippewa bands to split $28 million federal payout

Duluth News Tribune: “Congress moves to settle an 1800s land transaction that took timber and farm land from Chippewa reservations.”

Potter, Pottinger lead women’s division at national curling tournament

Bemidji Pioneer: “The Cassie Potter and Allison Pottinger rinks share first place heading into Wednesday’s action at the National curling tournament as each team owns a 6-1 record.”

Whooping cough cases cause one Northland school district to cancel classes

Duluth News Tribune: “After enduring absentee rates of 25 percent to almost 33 percent for days, the South Shore school district administrator decided it was time to close down for a few days. The culprit, Clendon Gustafson said: whooping cough.”

MN Voter Photo ID Passes In Senate Committee

UpTake: “A Republican backed Minnesota constitutional amendment passed in its first Senate committee vote today. The amendment would require a photo ID to vote in a Minnesota election.”

Politics, cost derail sex offender policy overhaul

Politics in Minnesota: “Key Republican legislative leaders hoped to push fundamental changes, but that now looks unlikely.”

Sen. Paul stalls Klobuchar bill on synthetic drugs

Star Tribune: “A broadly popular bill by Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar to outlaw synthetic recreational drugs across the nation has run into an increasingly common obstacle in the U.S. Senate: the objection of a single senator.”

Moorhead City Council member says city should step in on Bluestem

Forum of Fargo Moorhead: “In hopes of pushing for more events there, a Moorhead council member wants the city to join talks between the Fargo School District and Bluestem Center for the Arts to fix the finances of the performing arts facility in south Moorhead.” The Mayor says city “has no place in discussion.”

Ron Paul to visit North Dakota this week

Forum of Fargo Moorhead: “A second Republican presidential hopeful will be visiting North Dakota this week.Ron Paul will be visiting Williston on Sunday, according to North Dakota Policy Council Director Brett Narloch.”

Field of study: Twins continue to analyze Target Field’s dimensions

Star Tribune: “The Twins haven’t been afraid to tinker with Target Field during its infancy. After the inaugural 2010 season, the club removed the black spruce trees from behind the center-field fence and hung black mesh off the batter’s eye behind the bullpens to improve the hitting background.”

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