Southern Minn. flooding; Hubbard’s love for country; Nolan’s Act 2

Minn. delegation less wealthy than other states

Capitol VIew: “U.S. Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat, U.S. Reps. Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaack, both Republicans and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat, all requested additional time to file their disclosure forms. Members can delay filing until mid-August. Last year, Franken, Bachmann and Cravaack delayed filing their disclosures until later in the summer. Overall, Minnesota’s members were worth considerably less than their well-heeled counterparts in both chambers. A 2011 report by the Center for Responsive Politics estimates that Senate members have an average net worth of $2.6 million while House members average $756,000.”

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Heavy rainfall leads to flooding in counties south of metro

KARE11: “Thursday’s storms have left behind a lot of unwanted rainwater in Goodhue, Rice and southern Dakota counties. The area has received from two to six inches of rain since Thursday morning. The flooding has forced the closure of Highway 50 between Hampton and Miesville.”

Cannon River floods in Northfield

Northfield News: “The city is littered with debris from yesterday’s storms, but all Northfield roads are clear this morning, according to Deputy Police Chief Chuck Walerius.”

Photos from Northfield Patch

Phil Picardi reports on MPR News: “More heavy rains are forecast for the region tomorrow.”

Marriage amendment: Where Minnesota corporations stand

General Mills is the most recent Minnesota company to take a stand against the proposed constitutional ban on same sex marriage. The Pioneer Press takes a look at where other Minnesota companies stand.

There is something we need to discuss

The General Mills blog provides an inside perspective on what led to the company’s opposition to the proposed constitutional ban on same sex marriage. Capitol View: “The decision was panned by Minnesota for Marriage, a group working to pass the amendment. John Helmberger, chair of Minnesota for Marriage, released this statement: ‘It is very disappointing that General Mills has decided to play PC politics by pandering to a small but powerful interest group that is bent on redefining marriage, the core institution of society.’”

Rick Nolan makes case for Act 2 in Congress

AP: “Three decades after he left Congress, Democrat Rick Nolan believes he is ready to go back — and more prepared than ever for the job.”

NRCC reserves airtime for Fall to help Cravaack

Roll Call: “$856,000 in the Minneapolis market. This buy boosts freshman Rep. Chip Cravaack’s (R) re-election bid against a to-be-determined Democratic nominee.”

Hubbard’s “love for country” expressed in Koch donations

Politico: “‘They ask for support — and they get it because we all love our country and we have a different vision than do the liberals,’ said Stanley Hubbard, a Minnesota television station owner who has attended the Koch donor summits for years and plans to be in San Diego for this month’s meeting.”

Wheeling and dealing with Dayton in China

MinnPost: “Over the last decade China has become Minnesota’s second largest export market (after Canada), and an important source of job growth in the state. For Dayton, an occasional critic and opponent of free trade agreements during his U.S. Senate tenure, this is overdue.”

Union to vote on American Crystal Sugar contract offer

MPR News: “About 1,300 workers locked out of their jobs at American Crystal Sugar will get another chance to vote on the company’s contract proposal next week.”

Digging up the truth in Northfield bank raid

Northfield News: “It’s a story that’s almost too good to be true. You may know the first part — Jesse James and other gang members attempted in 1876 to rob a bank in Northfield, only to fail. Researchers are still piecing together the rest of the story, 136 years later.”

Eagle-eye photographer solves mystery of missing Chaska bird

Star Tribune: “An eaglet rescued after a severe storm 14 years ago in Chaska has been tracked to a nest in St. Peter, where it is flourishing.”

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