Last call at the Capitol; DFL endorsements test campaigns; Real estate rebound

Weekend tornadoes leave ‘a royal mess’ in Midwest

USA Today: “Parts of the Midwest were picking up the pieces and tallying the damage Sunday after scores of tornadoes roared through the Plains over the weekend, leaving five dead, dozens injured and homes reduced to rubble.” Updraft: Minnesota narrowly dodges severe weather bullet

Issues in the Minnesota Legislature: What is moving, what is not

Inforum: “As state lawmakers face the end of the 2012 session, most issues remain unresolved.”

Barnes, Graves win DFL endorsements for Congress

Politics in Minnesota: “Brian Barnes and Jim Graves both won DFL endorsement at a pair of conventions this weekend. Graves, a luxury hotel owner, beat two other DFLers to get the party’s nod to challenge incumbent GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann in the 6th Congressional District.”

More buyers are seeking homes in ‘shadow market’

Star Tribune: “With inventory at historic lows, many Twin Cities house deals are happening behind the scenes, long before the properties hit the market.”

U.S. will pay $2 million to Minn. Chippewa in settlement

New York Times: “In one of the largest financial settlements made to American Indian tribes, the federal government said this week that it had ended dozens of lawsuits by agreeing to pay tribes more than $1 billion for the mismanagement of funds and natural resources that the government holds in trust.”

Paul supporters chosen as delegates in three congressional districts

Pierce County Herald: “Supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex) won delegate slots at three Minnesota Congressional District conventions Saturday.”

Bachmann warms to idea of Romney endorsement

Capitol View: “Rep. Michele Bachmann, a former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, says she is ‘very seriously looking at an endorsement for Mitt Romney.’”

Titanic centennial: Duluth woman who survived wreck remains an enigma

Duluth News Tribune: “First-class Titanic passenger Constance Willard of Duluth was nothing if not eccentric and, given the little information anyone has learned about her since April 1912, a mysterious woman as well.”

Lake Minnetonka reveals a new trove of shipwrecks

Star Tribune: “Archaeologists are scanning the bottom of one of Minnesota’s largest lakes for unknown shipwrecks, and have already found some.”

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