Ron Paul’s candidate for Senate; Crystal Sugar talks on; KFC drug raid

Ron Paul could play big role in Republican pick for Senate race

MPR News: “The three candidates seeking the GOP nomination include former state Rep. Dan Severson, Minnesota Army National Guard Capt. Pete Hegseth and first-term state Rep. Kurt Bills of Rosemount, who has Paul’s backing. Severson and Hegseth say Minnesota Republicans should be concerned about that because Paul’s anti-establishment brand of politics would make Bills an unviable candidate to run against Klobuchar in the general election. But the state GOP convention is expected to attract many of Paul’s supporters, which could help Bills win the endorsement.”

Kasson police chief confirms investigation into girl’s death

Post Bulletin: “Rachel Ehmke took her own life on Sunday. Her parents, Rick Ehmke and Mary Ehmke, believe bullying triggered her suicide. Kasson Police Chief Ken Schuck said today that the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what role harassment may have played in Rachel’s death.”

Mining Q&A draws hundreds to Duluth

Northland News Center: “From jobs, to water quality, to wild rice, all were topics of discussion Wednesday during a question and answer session on mining.”

Severe storms sweep through Faribault, southern Rice County

Faribault Daily News: “Severe storms raked through Faribault and southern Rice County Wednesday night, setting off tornado sirens as a rotating wall cloud was identified by Skywarn spotters.”

Forum of Fargo Moorhead: Wind gust of 74 mph reported in Wahpeton overnight

Rancher loses lease after he refused to give up opposition to quarry plan

West Central Tribune: “A rancher who voiced opposition to plans by the Strata Corporation to develop a quarry in Big Stone County will not have the lease renewed for the land where he grazes his cattle.”

Union: Crystal lockout negotiations to resume June 8

Forum of Fargo Moorhead: “American Crystal Sugar Co. and the Bakery Worker’s union will resume talks on June 8.”

Worthington KFC raided by Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force

Worthington Daily Globe: “As part of an ongoing investigation, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force executed three search warrants Wednesday morning, seizing small quantities of marijuana and cocaine, along with other items.”

Republicans split on stadium as they try to convince skeptics they’re serious

MPR News: “Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature are trying to build support for a stadium financing plan that was initially panned by DFL lawmakers and the Minnesota Vikings.”

Editorial: A misguided GOP stadium ploy

Star Tribune: “Plan to use bonding needs a lot of work in a short time period.”

Fargo elementary students shaken up by abortion protest images

Forum of Fargo Moorhead: “Some Clara Barton Hawthorne Elementary School children were reportedly traumatized Wednesday by seeing graphic posters displayed by anti-abortion protesters at the corner of 25th Street South and 13th Avenue.”

Quist, Parry to fight it out in primary

New Ulm Journal: “Allen Quist announced Monday that he plans to file for Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District primary election on Aug. 14, forgoing his prior decision to wait for the continuation of the Republican endorsing convention.”

Bachmann to endorse Romney

CBS News: “Former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., plans to endorse the party’s presumptive nominee Mitt Romney at a campaign event in Portsmouth, Va., on Thursday, Romney campaign officials say.”

After primary losses, legacies of debt and strained reputations

New York Times: “Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House who dropped out of the race on Wednesday, is a stark example of how the dream of being president — or at least a candidate with benefits — can be dashed.”

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