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Status Report: Soccer, Trump visit, pipelines and primaries

Here are a few highlights from political and government news in Minnesota over the past few days, and a peek at what lies ahead.

U.S. Bank Stadium: The construction project that roiled the Legislature for years opened for business this week. U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis hosted an exhibition soccer match between Chelsea and AC Milan on Wednesday, drawing more than 64,000 fans. It was a test run of sorts for two upcoming concerts and the first Minnesota Vikings football game.

Trump: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will visit Minnesota Aug. 19 for the first time this presidential campaign. An invitation for a $1,000-per-person fundraiser listed no location. Trump mentioned Minnesota at a speech Thursday in Maine, decrying terrorists’ recruitment of Somali immigrants.

Pipelines: Enbridge Energy announced Tuesday it is investing in a pipeline to move crude oil out of North Dakota that’s a different project from the company’s proposed Sandpiper pipeline now under state review in Minnesota. What that means for Sandpiper — which would cross Minnesota to reach Superior, Wisconsin — is unclear.

Fellow: Rep. Raymond Dehn, DFL-Minneapolis, was chosen as one of 48 leaders from 29 states to attend the Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship program in Kentucky at the end of August.

Police shootings: Agents of the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension shot dead a man in Alexandria Tuesday. St. Paul police, who are investigating at the agency’s request, say Adam Jo Klimek died after he charged the agents with a knife. Meanwhile, in comments Thursday on recent demonstrations in front of the Governor’s Residence following the shooting death of Philando Castile by St. Anthony police on July 6, St. Paul Police Federation President Dave Titus said some protesters’ actions were “vile” and “disgusting.”

What’s next: Voters across Minnesota — or at least a small portion of those eligible — will head to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 9, to vote in primary elections. Aside from a statewide election for the seat on the state Supreme Court now held by Associate Justice Natalie Hudson, there are contests in six of Minnesota’s eight congressional districts and in 26 of the state’s 201 legislative districts.


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