Political headwinds roused by an unpopular president. A dramatic fundraising deficit. Another statewide sweep by Democrats. Minnesota Republicans found themselves asking a familiar question after another series of election blows this week: how can they appeal to voters statewide? Jennifer Carnahan, the chairwoman of the Minnesota Republican Party, said that she’s aiming to finalize her party’s strategy for 2020 by December 1. Central to that effort will be solving the puzzle of how to field candidates who can appeal to both its increasingly rural, Donald Trump-supporting base, while also winning back the suburban voters who proved decisive to Minnesota’s Democratic gains in 2018. “There’s just too much population in the seven-county metro area to get blown away there and then still manage to somehow come up with the votes needed statewide,” said Gina Countryman, who runs the American Action Network, which worked to elect Minnesota Republicans this … [Read more...] about Minnesota Republicans puzzle over how to break statewide losing streak
On Tuesday, when House Democratic Leader Melissa Hortman addressed an election-night crowd after Minnesota’s lower chamber flipped to DFL control, she called for a legislative agenda that includes “keeping our air and water clean.” Hortman’s speech was one of many in a night full of DFL victories, but it also signified one of the more important power shifts when it comes to the debate over balancing jobs with environmental concerns in Minnesota. And while the election didn’t result in a dramatic shift in the status quo — the Senate remains in GOP hands and Tim Walz’s victory continues the DFL’s command of the executive branch — the easing of Republicans’ grip on the Legislature will create a more favorable atmosphere for environmentalists’ priorities on issues such as clean water regulations, said Steve Morse, executive director of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership. On the flip side, Rep. Dan Fabian, R-Roseau, … [Read more...] about The DFL will be in control of the Minnesota House. What does that means for the environment?
In the biking family, cyclocross comes off as a bit of a wild child — ready to get messy, take some risks, and do it all again if necessary. Right down to the messy part, that was the playbook last weekend in Crystal at one of the premier events of the Minnesota cyclocross season. The Fulton Star Cross is one in a series of weekend races that cyclocross riders have circled on their calendars when the season arrives in late August. By the time riders went over, up, down and around Lions Valley Place Park in Crystal, many had their bike legs. The weekend series began Sept. 9 at the All-City Intercontinental Championships at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Sunday might have lacked Saturday’s free Fulton beer garden and the heckling that is cyclocross etiquette, but it had all the mud, grit and wheeled acrobatics. In this sport, competitors deal with twisty courses (at Lions Park, switchbacks on a downhill, too). They might deal with thick muddy sections, like they did … [Read more...] about Cyclocross in Minnesota is the right mix: Challenges, cut with good times.
The Minnesota 97 bridge over Interstate 35 in Columbus will be shut down from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, weather permitting, as crews replace the bridge. Drivers will not have access to or from I-35 at Minnesota 97 during the closure and will be detoured to the Broadway Avenue interchange, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. After 5 a.m. Monday, motorists will use the north half of the new bridge over I-35 while the south side of the bridge is being constructed. In addition, I-35 traffic will be reduced to a single lane when approaching Minnesota 97 and will be diverted around the work zone by using the exit and entrance ramps at Minnesota 97 for certain periods. Traffic delays and backups are expected throughout the weekend. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time to reach their destinations. The work is part of the I-35 North Metro Split project that includes resurfacing the pavement, replacing the Minnesota 97 bridge … [Read more...] about Minnesota 97 bridge closure and I-35 lane restrictions on tap this weekend
Nov 09, 7:37 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury National By Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan 07/09/18 AT 8:14 AM A Minnesota woman was charged with second-degree murder for killing a 2-month-old whom she looked after in her home without a license.Sarah L. Kortan, 30, called police June 20 about a infant not breathing. When they reached the scene, they found the child lying unresponsive and also noticed bruises on her face and white foam coming out of her nose.The child was taken to a hospital where doctors found she had little to no brain activity. Josephine, the victim, also had symptoms of being shaken. Two days later, she was taken off life support.Post-mortem revealed the child suffered multiple skull fractures and severe eye injuries. Kortan told police she dropped the infant who hit her head on the stove and the floor.Kortan was offering in-home day care at her home in the Prairie Rose Apartments in Red Lake Falls … [Read more...] about Day Care Provider Allegedly Kills 2-Month-Old In Minnesota