Stadium bill rejected; Twins beat Yankees; Loons return early

House committee rejects Vikings stadium proposal

MPR News: “The Minnesota Vikings have run into some of their most serious opposition yet in the decade-long drive to get a new home for the NFL franchise in Minnesota on Monday night, as a key state House committee rejected their proposal for a nearly $1 billion downtown Minneapolis stadium.”

Some Minnesota lawmakers ready to adjourn, some want more time

Detroit Lakes Online: “Every issue in front of the Minnesota Legislature is optional as it prepares to adjourn in a few days, a couple of weeks or on its mandatory May 21 last day.”

Fate of Minnesota schools’ integration aid hangs in limbo

Star Tribune: “Lawmakers’ dispute over how to use $108M may jeopardize funds.”

White Bear Lake couple identified among cruise victims

KARE11: “Two bodies recovered from the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship have been formally identified as Americans Barbara and Gerald Heil from White Bear Lake, Minn.”

Yankees knock around Pavano early, but the Twins get to Garcia often

New York Times: “As a Yankee, Carl Pavano tormented hometown fans, managing only 26 starts and 9 victories from 2005 to 2008. He has been healthy since leaving the Bronx, and on Monday night, he dispensed more anguish to those same fans, this time wearing another uniform.” Twins 7, Yankees 3

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Trout fishing opener lures anglers to the water

Post Bulletin: “Opening day of the regular trout fishing season is a mini-celebration in southeastern Minnesota, a chance to keep trout you might catch, meet friends, see wildflowers and savor spring. Saturday was such a day.”

Tea Party launches committee to fight Roch sales tax

Post Bulletin: “A campaign to defeat a proposal to extend Rochester’s city sales tax took center stage at this year’s Rochester Tea Party Patriots rally Monday.”

Walz has huge fundraising edge in 1st District race

Winona Daily News: “Whoever emerges from the Republican Party to face Democratic Rep. Tim Walz will be at a financial disadvantage in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District. Campaign reports filed over the weekend show Walz, a third-term congressman, with considerably more money than possible rivals Allen Quist and Mike Parry.”

Duluth citizen patrols, police stress safety first

Duluth News Tribune: “Duluth Police Information Officer Jim Hansen said you can’t predict what any one individual might do, but he is confident that the patrol members in Duluth know what is expected of them. ‘We just call if we see something and stay out of it,’ Morgan Park’s Timothy Olson said.”

Brothers mourn sibling’s death on Mendota Bridge

Pioneer Press: “There were 14 siblings five years ago. Now there are only four. Two of their names are Fali and Issa Prosper, two orphaned brothers in mourning once again.”

Lakewalk sewage overflow tank gets to work

Duluth News Tribune: “The big, ugly, view-blocking concrete bunker along the Lakewalk in downtown Duluth did its job Monday by stopping 2.5 million gallons of a mix of raw sewage and rainwater from flowing into Lake Superior.”

Mid West Music Fest: Three days, 15 venues, 120 acts

Winona Daily News: “The 2012 lineup features more than 120 artists performing on 17 stages across Winona. Artists come from around the Midwest, with musicians hailing from as far away as Oklahoma City, Okla., Duluth, and Madison, Wis. About 20 to 30 acts are from Winona.”

Three semifinalists named in Winona State president search

Post Bulletin: “The search for a new Winona State University president has been narrowed to three semifinalists, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system announced today.”

GOP derails Senate ‘Buffett rule’ taxes on wealthy

AP: “Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic “Buffett rule” bill Monday forcing the nation’s top earners to pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes, using the day before Americans’ taxes are due to defy President Barack Obama on one of his signature election-year issues.”

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Warm spring brings loons back to MN early

AP: “Transmitter data confirm that the unusually warm spring is bringing loons back to Minnesota almost three weeks earlier than usual.”

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