Romney: Oil Patch for all, Pres. Clinton join ND Dems, Who is Pete Hegseth?

Romney holds up Oil Patch as a shining example during Fargo campaign stop

Forum of Fargo Moorhead: “In a brief campaign stop here Thursday morning, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney railed on the policies of Democratic President Barack Obama, while emphasizing North Dakota’s prosperous Oil Patch as a shining example of what the rest of the nation could be like.”

Pres. Clinton to deliver keynote at ND Democratic convention

Forum of Fargo Moorhead: “North Dakota Democrats are aiming for a comeback in 2012, and they’ve landed a star attraction to help make that happen.”

Klobuchar gets stronger challenger

The Hill: “Army National Guard Capt. Pete Hegseth (R) on Thursday morning announced he will run against Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), giving Republicans an upgrade in the race.” MPR News: “Some GOP insiders predict Hegseth will finally bring some attention and money to the Republican side of the Senate race.” MinnPost: Hegseth on Kloubuchar and why she is popular, but doesn’t deserve to be reelected. “Because she talked a good game to get elected and people haven’t paid enough attention to how she has voted. I don’t like representation that says one thing, then goes to Washington and votes another way, and then comes back and hopes that nobody was looking or paying attention. … She campaign heavily on deficits and debt but has voted six times to raise the debt ceiling and the debt has almost doubled during her term. She voted for TARP, for the $837 billion bailout of Wall Street. She voted for Obamacare. Hegseth opposes all of those things.”

Also on MN today

Faribault students learning spelling a new way

Faribault Daily News: “A spelling program that focuses on phonetics and patterns, was implemented in the elementary schools last school year. … The program involves students working with cards and sorting vocabulary words according to sounds or spelling or letters used.”

Voter ID bill advances amid questions

Capitol View: “A proposed constitutional amendment to require voters to show a photo identification at the polls has cleared another hurdle in the Minnesota Senate, despite lingering questions about what the new process would actually cost.”

Worthington builds on bioscience niche

MPR News: “On the edge of town, not far from the many livestock farms near Worthington, the employees of Newport Laboratories work to kill the microscopic bugs that sicken farm animals.”

Vikings stadium plan faces tough road in Legislature and with Minneapolis City Council

MPR News: “State lawmakers are now waiting for more specifics of the Vikings stadium plan that was announced Thursday by Gov. Mark Dayton and other stadium supporters.” MPR News: “The new Minnesota Vikings stadium deal unveiled Thursday faces a hurdle at the Minneapolis City Council, where a majority of council members have opposed similar stadium plans in the past. The major sticking point for a number of council members is the Minneapolis City Charter.”

House passes bridge bill after an earmark debate

New York Times: “The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Thursday to allow construction of a new $700 million bridge between Minnesota and Wisconsin, a project that has drawn comparisons to earmarks and required a Congressional exemption from a landmark environmental law.” More Stillwater Bridge news from MN Today

Trail conditions in best shape yet this winter

Timberjay: “Spring may be on the horizon, but the winter recreation season is just getting underway in earnest across the region as recent snowfall has trail conditions in the best shape of the winter.”

Video of waves, surfers on Lake Superior during Wednesday’s blizzard

Duluth News Tribune: “When the weather is at its worst, conditions are at their best for surfers who regularly brave the frigid water of Lake Superior whenever high winds kick up big waves.”

Apple Valley Zamboni driver charged with DWI had blood-alcohol level of 0.32, police say

Pioneer Press: “The Apple Valley man who allegedly drove a Zamboni while drunk in January had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.32, according to charges filed this week in Dakota County District Court.”

Michelle Obama to visit Minn.

Capitol View: “First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to be in Minnesota on March 16 to raise money for President Obama’s presidential campaign. Mrs. Obama is scheduled to hold the fundraiser at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.”

By the numbers

0: The numbers of binding delegates that will be awarded during North Dakota’s Super Tuesday Caucus

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