Reservation homelessness persists; Ron Paul joins Minn. GOP convention

Study: Reservation homelessness persists

MPR News: “Housing improvements over the last several years have not led to fewer homeless people on Minnesota’s Indian reservations.”

Minnesota Vikings one step closer to new stadium

MPR News: “Only a state Senate vote stands between the franchise and the $975 million stadium the Vikings would move into ahead of the 2016 season. The House passed the stadium plan early Thursday by a 71-60 vote.”

Ron Paul to speak at Minn. GOP convention

Capitol VIew: “Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul will speak at the Minnesota Republican Convention in St. Cloud on May 18.”

ACLU Minnesota sues voter ID advocacy group over failure to disclose nonprofit status

MSNBC: “The Minnesota Voters Alliance, the group suing state and local officials over allegations of fraud in Minnesota elections, was accused Wednesday morning by the Minnesota branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of not registering as a nonprofit organization.”

Bullying is common factor in suicide deaths of two teens in southeastern Minn.

MPR News: “Two southeastern Minnesota teenagers have killed themselves in the past two weeks. While the cases are very different, the suicides prompt an outpour of grief and discussion about bullying.”

Ax won’t fall on rural post offices

CNN: “The U.S. Postal Service is backing off a previous plan to close thousands of post offices, and will instead cut hours at 13,000 rural facilities in an effort to save $500 million a year.”

After questions on tactics, Accretive cuts forecast

New York Times: “Despite a surge in revenue in the first quarter, Accretive Health on Wednesday lowered its earnings estimate for 2012 because of the loss of an important contract amid accusations that the medical debt-collection company had used overly aggressive tactics.”

Angry opponents of N.C. amendment call for moving Democratic convention from Charlotte

News Observer: “North Carolina voters have spoken. Now it’s other people’s turn. And, around the country, many of them are so mad at Tuesday’s results on Amendment One that they’re calling for the Democratic National Convention to be yanked out of Charlotte.”

More same-sex marriage coverage from Minnesota Today including:

KARE11: Obama’s same sex marriage support fuels Minn. debate

Analysis: Obama gambles with same-sex marriage move

Romney pushes back at reporter for asking about same-sex marriage

Garlic Mustard taking over the metro

KARE11: “It sounds delicious but cities around the metro and residents are fighting against it. Garlic Mustard is just one of many invasive plants that is taking over parts of the Twin Cities.”

Green groups threaten EPA with lawsuit

MPR News: “Several environmental groups are trying to force the federal government to impose pollution controls at Xcel’s Sherburne County power plant.”

MAP: Wisconsin property in the path of the St. Croix River Crossing Project

Patch: “At least one Houlton farmer is upset about the St. Croix River Crossing Project and what it will do to farmland that has been in his family for generations.”

Mayor highlights efforts to fight blight in Duluth

WDIO: “City officials say blight and nuisance properties diminish quality of life and community pride. Today Duluth Mayor Don Ness highlighted the city’s efforts to keep neighborhoods looking clean, safe and livable.”

Waconia set for Governor’s Fishing Opener

KSTP: “Gov. Mark Dayton plans to attend Friday’s community picnic in Waconia, then fish Lake Waconia at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, and fish again later Saturday morning.”

Minnesota’s odd laws debunked

WDAY: “Websites and books are full of lists of Odd Laws. But just how many of them are still on the books or even existed at all? In the first of a two part series, we look at Minnesota’s Odd laws.”

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