- Associated Press - Monday, April 7, 2014
Minnesota Senate panel backs $77M Senate building

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A plan to construct a $77 million building to house Minnesota’s 67 state senators is moving forward after the Senate Rules Committee approved the proposal on Monday.

The project matches one that the House Rules Committee approved Friday by a single vote. It would cost $13 million less than the original proposal the Senate Rules Committee approved earlier this year.

Delaying one parking lot, making another user-financed and halving the number of conference rooms enabled state Department of Administration officials to cut the plan’s cost.

The proposed Senate building is part of a $273 million project to renovate the Capitol.

“I’d like to move the Capitol back to the appearance it had to the public in 1905; that’s what I’d like it to be,” Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, said after the hearing.

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Twins open home season with temps in 50s

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Baseball fans will enjoy temperatures in the 50s when the Minnesota Twins open at home against Oakland.

That’s quite a contrast to the 10 inches of snow that fell at Target Field last week. And temperatures barely made it above freezing at last year’s home opener.

A couple of Twins greats, Tony Oliva and Kent Hrbek, will open the gates at 1 p.m. Monday.

The ceremonial first pitch will come from Barkhad Abdi, the actor nominated for an Oscar for his role in “Captain Phillips.”

And, the national anthem will be performed by local singer and actress Thomasina Petrus.

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Man gets 41 years in bar owner’s fatal shooting

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