Cravaack critics; Lutherans oppose marriage amendment; ER bill collector

Op-Ed: Numbers fail to support claims of Cravaack’s critics

Duluth News Tribune: “U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack may not have been the one to paint the target that’s on his back this election season — but he provided plenty of paint.”

Minnesota Vikings asking for stadium taxpayer subsidy of $77 per ticket

Forbes: “If the bill for the Minnesota Vikings new stadium passes the cost to taxpayers will be $77.30 per ticket, per game, for 30 years, according to an analysis by state senator John Marty, who submitted his findings to his colleagues yesterday.”

St. Croix River bridge: Muck sucks up money for project

Pioneer Press: “The price tag for the new St. Croix River bridge could run as high as $676 million – a figure almost three times as much as the $234 million spent replacing the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.”

Northland Lutherans oppose Minnesota marriage amendment

Duluth News Tribune: “Northland-area Lutherans are opposed to amending the Minnesota Constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.”

Even in the ER, Fairview patients faced bill collectors

Star Tribune: “Patients describe aggressive tactics they encountered at Fairview hospitals.”

Accretive Health chairman has debt-collection history

Chicago Tribune: “The chairman of the Chicago-based company under fire this week in Minnesota for its debt-collection practices in some hospitals has a history in the business that includes a separate run-in with the attorney general in that state.”

Amy Senser expected to testify at her trial today

AP: “Amy Senser is expected to take the stand this morning in her own defense during her trial in Hennepin County District Court. Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser, is on trial for three counts of criminal vehicular homicide.”

Minnesota Gov. Dayton signs bill to encourage more school revenue from forest trust

Duluth News Tribune: “Gov. Mark Dayton late Saturday night signed into law legislation that changes how 2.5 million acres of state forestland is managed across northern Minnesota.”

Two sand mine permits tabled in Buffalo County

Winona Daily News: “The Buffalo County Zoning Board of Adjustment has tabled a permit for new frac sand mines. The three-member board voted 2-1 this week to delay action on a permit for a Gilmanton mine for up to 60 days while awaiting results of a state Hwy. 88 study.”

Richard Bellman, lawyer who fought discrimination in zoning, dies at 74

New York Times: “Richard Frederick Bellman was born in Minneapolis on Feb. 20, 1938. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, did graduate work in political science at the University of Chicago and returned to the University of Minnesota to earn a law degree.”

GOP firm’s ‘CEOs’ in the dark

Star Tribune: “Men listed as chief executives of a company created to handle 2010 recount debt are dumbfounded that their names were sent to the state.”

Election 2012

Details of Romney’s economic plan keep evolving

USA Today: “Surrogates for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney frequently point to a 59-point economic plan released last year in response to criticisms that the campaign has been short on specific proposals.”

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