Racino rebirth; Minnesota Medicaid scrutinized; Experimentation at Homegrown

Dayton says he won’t negotiate on LIFO

MinnPost: “Gov. Mark Dayton today said that as the Legislature heads into its final days he is open to compromise on any issue except the proposal to end seniority-based teacher layoffs in Minnesota.”

Sen. committee adds racino plan as it approves stadium bill

MPR News: “In a surprise maneuver, supporters of putting slot machines at Minnesota horse tracks tacked a racino plan onto the Vikings stadium bill on Wednesday.” West Central Tribune: “The Vikings stadium got ‘another first down’ Tuesday, proclaimed the chairman of the state Senate committee that kept the bill’s recent momentum going.”

Will rank and file lawmakers support the stadium?

MPR News: “It’s been nearly two years since voters decided to put Republicans in charge of the Minnesota House and Senate, while at the same time electing a Democrat as governor.”

Chris Coleman asks senators to keep St. Paul alive

Star Tribune: “St. Paul mayor, while supporting a stadium in Minneapolis, is seeking a share of the largesse.”

Congress puts Minnesota Medicaid on the hot seat

Pioneer Press: “Minnesota’s national reputation for being a leader in health care took some hits in Congress with more questions about whether the state manipulated the rate certification process in the Medicaid program to wrongly obtain federal dollars.” MPR News: “At issue during a congressional hearing was $30 million that the HMO UCare — one of four large insurance companies that provide services for Minnesota’s Medicaid program — returned to the state last year.”

Accretive falls as Minnesota sues over debt collection practices

The Boston Globe: “Accretive fell the most since its May 2010 debut as a public company after Minnesota’s attorney general, Lori Swanson, sued the Chicago company, alleging it put debt collectors in emergency rooms and at patients’ bedsides in violation of federal and state debt-collection and privacy laws.”

Minnesota Legislature OKs new oversight for state school trust lands

Pioneer Press: “Moments after the Minnesota House overwhelmingly approved a measure changing oversight of state school trust lands, Republicans and Democrats shook hands and exchanged hugs. On the House floor. At center aisle.”

Kurt Bills gains advantage for GOP Senate endorsement

MInnPost: “In the contest to be the Republican challenger to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a last-place presidential contender may decide the outcome. Based on the strength and organization of Ron Paul’s Minnesota campaign, the odds are tipping in favor of the candidate Paul has endorsed.”

Red Sox complete sweep of Twins, 7-6

Bring Me the News: “Boston beat the Twins, 7-6 to complete a three game sweep at Target Field. Just a day after Ron Gardenhire said he needed more from his starting pitchers, Liam Hendriks lasted just four innings. The Twins get a day off before starting a three game series against the Royals tomorrow.”

Don Draper’s free night in Rapid City

CNN: ‘To the Don Drapers of the world, the Howard Johnson hotel brand would like to say this: We’re sorry and your next stay is on us,’ the company said in announcing a ‘Mad Men’-inspired promotion.”

First nestlings at day 3

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Penelopedia: “A moment before this photo was taken, they were all flopped down, but my camera made a little chime as it turned on, and the sound triggered their gaping reflex. They went from flopped to this position in the blink of an eye.”

Cook County News Herald turns 121

WTIP: “The Cook County News Herald is truly a treasury of moments in time. In this edition of WTIP’s historical series ‘Moments in Time’, Jay Andersen, a former News Herald editor, interviews the current editor, Rhonda Silence, about the history of the newspaper.”

Homegrown starts off with experimentation

Duluth News Tribune: “The annual Homegrown Music Festival kicks off Sunday with a couple of hours of recycled drone music featuring a new mallet piano and an electric khoto with a bridge made from an old snowmobile.”

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