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Senate office project foe objects to bond request

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A former Minnesota lawmaker is objecting to the state’s demand that he cover millions of dollars in costs if he ends up delaying construction of a new Minnesota Senate office building.

An attorney for former St. Cloud Rep. Jim Knoblach filed a response Wednesday with the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

State lawyers contend Knoblach should post and forfeit an $18.6 million bond if his lawsuit to block the project doesn’t succeed on appeal and the project is delayed.

Knoblach argues the amount is excessive and premature. He also contends the state apparently is trying to get him to put up money that’s already been appropriated for relocating the senators while the state Capitol is renovated.

The state hopes to break ground on the new Senate building by July.

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Charges: Minnesota man hid Bosnian war crimes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota man who allegedly participated in war crimes during the Bosnian war has been arrested on immigration fraud charges.

Authorities say 45-year-old Zdenko Jakisa was arrested Wednesday for failing to disclose his military service and crimes he committed in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the conflict there in the 1990s.

According to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, Jakisa is a former member of the armed forces of the Croatian Defense Council in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Authorities say records and witnesses from Bosnia show he committed crimes that he didn’t disclose on his refugee or green card applications.

Authorities say those crimes include killing an elderly Bosnian Serb woman and kidnapping and assaulting a Bosnian Muslim man in 1993.

The attorney who represented him at his first court appearance didn’t immediately return a message.

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