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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mark Dayton
Zygi Wilf beamed in the middle of the sharp-dressed group, a gold-painted shovel in his hands, a purple Vikings hard hat on his head and star running back Adrian Peterson by his side.
Minnesota's governor and the mayor of Minneapolis both say the Washington Redskins should change the team's name.
Rod Grams, a former Twin Cities anchorman who went on to serve as a Republican U.S. senator from Minnesota, has died. He was 65.
Getting into the Minnesota Vikings' glitzy new stadium will come at a high cost for some fans: an average of $2,500 for the right to buy a season ticket in the new building.
A judge in New Jersey on Monday ordered Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf and their cousin Leonard Wilf to pay $84.5 million to two former business partners who she previously ruled they had defrauded in a 1980s real estate deal.
Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf should have to pay a large portion of the team's share of a new football stadium from their own pockets instead of using money made from fees charged to season ticket holders, Gov. Mark Dayton wrote Monday in a letter to the government authority supervising its construction.
There will be some belligerent squawking in the liberal media in the wake of the fifth annual Red State Gathering, organized by columnist and RedState.com founder Erick Erickson, and staged in a spiffy New Orleans hotel starting Friday. Mr. Erickson expects hundreds of conservatives to show up, along with the proverbial thought leaders of the movement, and "happy warriors," he says.
While one-party dominance is an almost surefire cure for gridlock, it also points to the increasing balkanization of state governments as Democrats and Republicans move away from the political center.
Last month, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that designates home-based child care and personal care providers, many of whom are self-employed business owners, as state workers solely for the purpose of forcing them into union ranks.
With marriages to be available for Minnesota's gay couples starting Aug. 1, Duluth residents Gary Anderson and Gary Boelhower are getting ready to do something that seemed impossible when they started dating three years ago: plan a wedding.
The Minnesota Legislature became the 12th to pass gay marriage Monday, leaving just a handful of states that have yet to act definitively on the issue.
Minnesota senators will likely give the final stamp of legislative approval on Monday to a same-sex marriage bill, the twelfth state in the nation to pass the law.
The votes in Washington and Colorado last month legalizing marijuana were just the latest developments in the debate over marijuana use in the United States.
A top state official overseeing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium said Friday she expects personal seat licenses to be priced in line with fees charged at the Twins' Target Field and the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium _ if the team pursues the fees to help pay its share of the $975 million construction cost.
Two years after their party made historic inroads in a traditionally deep-blue state, Republicans in Minnesota find themselves again looking at a period of rebuilding.
"I can't believe it's over, and I can't believe we won," Dayton said.
"I can safely assume that for most Minnesotans this will look like a questionable deal because the economics of professional sports are highly questionable all over this country," Dayton said Thursday.