Minn. big winner in ND election?; Part time orchestra; Reflections from the headwaters

Minnesota could win big after election results come in tonight in North Dakota

Star Tribune: “Banning property taxes would cost North Dakota $812 million in annual revenue — money used to fund schools and local government, said Cory Fong, North Dakota’s tax commissioner. Should voters abolish property taxes, that revenue would likely be replaced by raising North Dakota’s sales taxes, Fong said Monday. ‘That creates a competitive advantage to Minnesota,’ said Brad Schlossman, CEO of West Acres Development, in Fargo, N.D. ‘If sales taxes go up in North Dakota and you live near the Minnesota border, where would you rather shop?'”

Jesse Ventura lets both sides have it in new book

Pioneer Press: “In his new book, former Gov. Jesse Ventura makes this startling revelation: “Like more and more guys, I experience electile dysfunction. That’s defined as ‘the inability to become aroused over any of the choices for president put forth by either party in the 2012 election year.’ ”

Rep. Ellison: Left wants Sanders, will settle for Obama

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison tells Politico: “We’ve got to understand that there will be a president, and that president is not going to be Paul Wellstone or Bernie Sanders or anyone that we would dream. The reality is Obama is who we have.”

Monticello hopes private company can help struggling municipal broadband

MPR News: “A new company will run a financially struggling, municipally-owned broadband network, the city of Monticello decided Monday evening.”

Duluth teen clings to life after rescue from the cribs

Duluth News Tribune: “A 13-year-old Duluth teen underwater in Lake Superior for more than 30 minutes was clinging to life in a Duluth hospital late Monday after being rescued just off shore.”

FEC sues ex-Sen. Craig over use of campaign cash

AP: “Former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig is being sued by federal election regulators who say he misused some $217,000 in campaign funds for his legal defense after a 2007 Minnesota airport bathroom sex sting.”

Americans’ net worth has plummeted

NPR: “Personal wealth was decimated across America by the housing collapse and the financial crisis, according to a new report by the Federal Reserve. Incomes declined for almost all demographic groups, and net worth plummeted to levels not seen in a generation.”

Feeling pinched, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra may go part time

Star Tribune: “St. Paul ensemble is negotiating with musicians, might cut their workweeks.”

Fargo to crack down on panhandlers

Forum of Fargo Moorhead: “Panhandlers who frequent Fargo’s busiest intersections will soon have to take their business elsewhere.”

DFL complaint against Senate GOP may continue

Capitol View: “The Office of Administrative hearings ruled today that a case accusing Republicans in the Minnesota Senate of using taxpayer money for campaign literature may go forward.”

Where is all begins

Nick Nelson: “Some beautiful images of Lake Itasca, headwaters of the Mississippi River.”

(h/t MinnPost)

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