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Severson announces 2012 U.S. Senate bid

Former state Rep. Dan Severson is the first Republican candidate to announce that he will challenge U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012. Severson served three terms in the state House prior to an unsuccessful bid for Secretary of State last year.

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Vikings stadium bill still an underdog

On Tuesday afternoon the Minnesota Vikings staged a triumphal press conference to announce that the football team has reached a deal with Ramsey County to build a new $1 billion stadium on the site of a former munitions plant in Arden Hills.

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Republican challengers blasted per diems in 2010 – and all but one claim them now

There are more costs associated with being an elected official than Republican Rep. Deb Kiel realized. The first-term legislator from Crookston said she didn't anticipate the money she would have to spend on things like travel and communications. She has been able to save some money by living with her son, who is a student at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, but said she still needs to tap the per diem payments that she and every other legislator are allotted to help cover the costs.

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Clock is no ally in Vikings stadium push

The debate over how to fund a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings has always divided legislative caucuses on both sides of the aisle. Last year DFLers from Minneapolis pushed back on a proposal that suggested extending local taxes from the Convention Center to help pay for the project, even as Democrats like former Senate Taxes Chairman Tom Bakk led the charge for the team's new home.

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