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May 10, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
The Minnesota state Senate on Thursday approved a plan that relies heavily on public financing to build a $975-million stadium for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he'll sign the measure, meaning the Senate's 36-30 vote was effectively the final barrier for the stadium. The deal guarantees the Vikings' future in Minnesota for three decades and removes the possibility of them moving to Los Angeles to become the NFL team here. The Vikings will pay $477 million of the stadium costs, the public $348 million and the city of Minneapolis $150 million.
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May 13, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Minnesota is poised to become the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage as the state Senate approved legislation Monday, flooding the Capitol building with cheers from supporters. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he would sign the bill Tuesday afternoon. Once he does, Minnesota will be the first Midwestern state to legalize the practice by legislative vote. (Iowa's Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2009.) With same-sex marriage supporters watching, the Democratically controlled Senate passed the bill, 37 to 30 -- capping a dramatic reversal from 2011, when the Legislature put a referendum on the ballot that would have amended the state Constitution to ban gay marriage.
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July 1, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter and James Oliphant
After a fierce eight-month voter recount battle in Minnesota, Al Franken's U.S. Senate victory Tuesday hands Democrats a powerful, filibuster-proof majority as they embark on the administration's ambitious initiatives for energy and healthcare reform. The victory followed the Minnesota Supreme Court's unanimous ruling Tuesday declaring Franken the victor over Republican incumbent Norm Coleman by a razor-thin 312 votes out of 2.9 million cast in November's election.
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May 10, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
The Minnesota Vikings moved to within a governor's signature of getting a new $975-million stadium on Thursday after the state Senate approved a plan that relies heavily on public financing. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he'll sign the measure, meaning the Senate's 36-30 vote was effectively the final barrier for the stadium. The House had passed it overnight. The team chased a new stadium for more than a decade but had little leverage until its lease expired last year on the 30-year-old Metrodome.
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April 8, 2009 | Michael Muskal
A three-judge panel Tuesday awarded Democrat challenger Al Franken more votes in his bid to become Minnesota's next senator, but it will take additional court action to decide the final result in what is already the longest-running recount in the state's history. The panel examined 351 ballots and added the result to previous counts, giving Franken a lead of 312 votes over Republican Norm Coleman. Franken began the day ahead by 225 votes of about 2.4 million cast in November.
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March 8, 1985 | Associated Press
A state senator--deploring President Reagan's policies and complaining of bad treatment when he went to Washington this week with a delegation of legislators--announced Thursday that he is leaving the Republican Party to return to independent status. "I rise to express my anger, my disappointment and my frustration with the national Administration," Sen. Charles Berg told colleagues in a state Senate speech. "I believe they are totally out of touch with reality."
NEWS
December 3, 2008
Harvey Milk: Recent articles in the Calendar and California sections based on the release of the movie "Milk" have referred to San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk as being the first openly gay man elected to major public office in this country. While he was among the first openly gay politicians to hold office in the United States -- Milk was elected city supervisor in 1977 -- at least one other official preceded Milk as an openly gay candidate to be elected. Allan Spear, who served in the Minnesota Senate from 1972 to 2000, announced that he was gay in 1974.
SPORTS
April 10, 1998 | Associated Press
Minnesota Senate leaders on Thursday night scrapped a plan to vote on a bill to build a new ballpark for the Twins, instead unanimously approving a non-binding resolution saying the state wants to keep the team. Sen. Roy Terwilliger was the sponsor of the bill that would have built a riverfront ballpark in Minneapolis using fees derived from the facility such as team rent, a game-day parking tax and a surcharge on player income taxes. "I think we had the votes" to pass it, Terwilliger said.
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January 21, 1985 | Associated Press
Businesses and schools in farm towns throughout Minnesota plan to close today so workers and students can attend a rally at the state Capitol to draw attention to the financial plight of farmers. At least 34 school districts have confirmed that they will close for the day. Groundswell, the group sponsoring the rally, predicted that 10,000 persons, including farmers from Iowa, Wisconsin and South Dakota, will brave sub-freezing temperatures to attend the rally.
NATIONAL
May 13, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Minnesota is poised to become the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage as the state Senate approved legislation Monday, flooding the Capitol building with cheers from supporters. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he would sign the bill Tuesday afternoon. Once he does, Minnesota will be the first Midwestern state to legalize the practice by legislative vote. (Iowa's Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2009.) With same-sex marriage supporters watching, the Democratically controlled Senate passed the bill, 37 to 30 -- capping a dramatic reversal from 2011, when the Legislature put a referendum on the ballot that would have amended the state Constitution to ban gay marriage.
SPORTS
May 10, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
The Minnesota state Senate on Thursday approved a plan that relies heavily on public financing to build a $975-million stadium for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he'll sign the measure, meaning the Senate's 36-30 vote was effectively the final barrier for the stadium. The deal guarantees the Vikings' future in Minnesota for three decades and removes the possibility of them moving to Los Angeles to become the NFL team here. The Vikings will pay $477 million of the stadium costs, the public $348 million and the city of Minneapolis $150 million.
NATIONAL
July 1, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter and James Oliphant
After a fierce eight-month voter recount battle in Minnesota, Al Franken's U.S. Senate victory Tuesday hands Democrats a powerful, filibuster-proof majority as they embark on the administration's ambitious initiatives for energy and healthcare reform. The victory followed the Minnesota Supreme Court's unanimous ruling Tuesday declaring Franken the victor over Republican incumbent Norm Coleman by a razor-thin 312 votes out of 2.9 million cast in November's election.
NATIONAL
April 8, 2009 | Michael Muskal
A three-judge panel Tuesday awarded Democrat challenger Al Franken more votes in his bid to become Minnesota's next senator, but it will take additional court action to decide the final result in what is already the longest-running recount in the state's history. The panel examined 351 ballots and added the result to previous counts, giving Franken a lead of 312 votes over Republican Norm Coleman. Franken began the day ahead by 225 votes of about 2.4 million cast in November.
NEWS
December 3, 2008
Harvey Milk: Recent articles in the Calendar and California sections based on the release of the movie "Milk" have referred to San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk as being the first openly gay man elected to major public office in this country. While he was among the first openly gay politicians to hold office in the United States -- Milk was elected city supervisor in 1977 -- at least one other official preceded Milk as an openly gay candidate to be elected. Allan Spear, who served in the Minnesota Senate from 1972 to 2000, announced that he was gay in 1974.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2003 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
The crash that killed Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone last year was caused by a series of avoidable mistakes as two charter pilots with inferior flying skills prepared to land on a snowy day, federal investigators concluded Tuesday. Pilot Richard Conry and co-pilot Michael Guess twice failed to align their twin-engine turboprop on the proper course for an instrument landing in Eveleth, Minn., and then allowed their airspeed to drop to dangerously low levels.
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October 30, 2002 | Richard Simon and Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writers
From the political elite to the working class, more than 20,000 people gathered here Tuesday night to remember Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) as a man of principle and a true liberal "willing to fight the lonely fight.'' The memorial service for Wellstone, who was running for a third term, came as state Democratic leaders prepared today to name former Vice President Walter F. Mondale to replace him as the party's nominee on Tuesday's ballot. Sen.
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November 2, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sen. Dave Durenberger (R-Minn.) said he'll take a paternity test to disprove a woman's claim that he raped her in 1963 and fathered a son. Joyce A. Rauscher, who said she was attacked after hiring Durenberger as a divorce lawyer, is seeking at least $50,000 in damages for physical and emotional pain and the cost of raising the son. A lawsuit against Durenberger was expected to be filed Monday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
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November 19, 2003 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
The crash that killed Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone last year was caused by a series of avoidable mistakes as two charter pilots with inferior flying skills prepared to land on a snowy day, federal investigators concluded Tuesday. Pilot Richard Conry and co-pilot Michael Guess twice failed to align their twin-engine turboprop on the proper course for an instrument landing in Eveleth, Minn., and then allowed their airspeed to drop to dangerously low levels.
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October 4, 2002 | FAYE FIORE and STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Even before Paul Wellstone was sworn into office 11 years ago as a U.S. senator from Minnesota, he staged several protests to a brewing Persian Gulf War that perturbed veterans, annoyed the vice president and prompted then-President George Bush to dismiss him as, to put it mildly, poultry droppings. Today, the liberal Democratic lawmaker is poised to again oppose what he sees as a rush to war with Iraq.
SPORTS
April 10, 1998 | Associated Press
Minnesota Senate leaders on Thursday night scrapped a plan to vote on a bill to build a new ballpark for the Twins, instead unanimously approving a non-binding resolution saying the state wants to keep the team. Sen. Roy Terwilliger was the sponsor of the bill that would have built a riverfront ballpark in Minneapolis using fees derived from the facility such as team rent, a game-day parking tax and a surcharge on player income taxes. "I think we had the votes" to pass it, Terwilliger said.
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