In the Know: October 15, 2015

Events today

  • 8 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer Jean Price. 403 South Mill St., Redwood Falls.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cal Brink. 118 West College Dr., Marshall.
  • 10 a.m. – Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission meeting. Room 200, State Office Building.
  • 10:45 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Lincoln County Auditor Deb Vierhuf. 319 N. Rebecca St., Ivanhoe.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Yellow Medicine County Property & Public Services Director Janel Timm. 180 8th Ave., Granite Falls.
  • 12:30 p.m. – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.
  • 1 p.m. – MNsure oversight committee meets. Room 200, State Office Building.
  • 1:35 p.m. – Rep. Ellison will be on WCCO Radio with Chad Hartman to discuss his endorsement of Bernie Sanders and other topics.
  • 2 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Montevideo Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Emily Sumner, Chamber Board Members, City Manager Steve Jones, and Economic Development Authority representatives. Montevideo City Hall, 103 Canton Ave. Montevideo.
  • 3:15 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Lac qui Parle County Auditor-Treasurer Jake Sieg. 600 W 6th St., Madison.
  • 4:15 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Vicki Oakes, Community Development Director for the Ortonville Economic Development Authority. 706 2nd St. SE, Ortonville.
  • Gov. Dayton will meet with representatives of Northside Achievement Zone in Minneapolis.
  • The House Capital Investment committee will tour bonding projects in St. Paul including: Battle Creek park’s snow making project, Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, the Kellogg and 3rd Ave bridge, Union Depot, the Science Museum, Landmark Center, Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Como Zoo and Fort Snelling.

Mark your calendars

  • Oct. 17 – The Twin Cities Book Festival. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will read from her book “The Senator Next Door.” Minnesota State Fairgrounds. More information is available here.
  • Oct. 18 – Stonewall DFL will have its monthly board meeting at 1 p.m. at the Minneapolis Central Library in Room N-202. They will discuss outreach plans along with planning for the 2016 election year. 
  • Oct. 24 – The DFL African American Caucus will hold its monthly meet at 10 a.m. at East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St., Minneapolis. 
  • Nov. 3 – Election Day! Check your ballots here


  • Oct. 17 – Le Sueur Co. DFL’s Annual Fall Fundraiser. American Legion Hall in Montgomery. The event includes a social hour (5 p.m.), dinner (6 p.m.), program and live auction (7 p.m.). Contact Janet Straub for tickets: 612-710-5783.
  • Oct. 17 – The 13th Annual Cass & Crow Wing County DFL will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Nisswa American Legion, 25807 Main St., Nisswa. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. State Auditor Rebecca Otto is the keynote speaker. 
  • Oct. 18 – The 12th Annual Donkey Chili Feed will take place at 4 p.m. at the Pine City VFW, 305 8th St. SW, Pine City. Tickets are $10.
  • Oct. 21 – Beltrami County DFL Fish Fry Fundraiser, 5:30 p.m., Eagles Club, Nielson Ave. SE, Bemidji.
  • Oct. 24 – Pizza, Pie & Politicians DFL SD48 Fall Function! 6 – 9:30 p.m. at Homeward Hills Park Barn, 12000 Silverwood Dr., Eden Prairie. (more info)
  • Oct. 25 – Senate District 14 DFL will host the Wellstone Dinner, 5 p.m., Courtyard Marriott, 404 W Saint Germain St., St. Cloud. Click here for tickets.
  • Oct. 25 – Congressional District 4 DFL will host the Vento Dinner 2015. Doors open at 4 p.m. New location – Midpoint Event Center, St. Paul. For ticket information, go here.
  • Nov. 1 – CD 1 DFL will host its Autumn Dinner with Congressman Tim Walz. The keynote speaker is DNC Vice Chair R.T. Rybak. Special guests include Secretary of State Steve Simon and Attorney General Lori Swanson. 5 p.m., Owatonna Veterans of Foreign Wars, 135 Oakdale St., Owatonna. Please RSVP by Oct. 21 with meal choice (turkey dinner or vegetarian lasagna) to Shawn Groth at
  • Nov. 4 – CD3 DFL Fall Fundraising Event: An Evening with Vice President Walter Mondale, moderated by Don Shelby. The 7 p.m. event will be held at Hughes Pavilion, Centennial Lakes, 7499 France Ave. S, Edina. Tickets may be purchased online at Reservations can also be made by mail. Checks should be payable to CD 3 DFL and mailed to Nancy Parris, 8350 Airport Rd, Waconia, MN 55387.
  • Nov. 9 – Senate District 53 DFL Fall Fundraiser Liberals & Libations, 5:30-8 p.m., Sole Mio Ristorante, 1750 Weir Dr., Woodbury. Hors d’oeuvres served, cash bar. More info on

2016 election

After debate, the Democratic race looks like it comes down to Clinton vs. Sanders, MinnPost

Joe Biden may have missed his window of opportunity, Washington Post

So what happens after Donald Trump and Ben Carson? Washington Post

Voters are mad about mega-donors, and it’s helping Trump and Sanders, Washington Post

Ted Cruz to report $13.5 million cash on hand — at or near the top of the GOP field, Star Tribune

Trump calls Sanders a maniac following debate, Star Tribune


Obama expected to announce new plan to keep 5,500 troops in Afghanistan, Washington Post

Car Donation Foundation

Minnesota attorney general: Car charity had cozy deals, MPR

Minnesota AG says charity misleading car donors, misdirecting money, Star Tribune


When Twitter chirps, Congress listens, Star Tribune

Congressional delegation


David Letterman’s post-‘Late Show’ gig? Hosting a fundraiser with Sen. Al Franken. Washington Post 


Abortion and Planned Parenthood were absent from Tuesday’s debate. Paid leave was not. Washington Post

For many Democrats, debut debate renews sense of optimism, Washington Post

Clinton, Sanders look to build on debate performances, KSTP

Trump, Carson watch Democrat debate in ‘Tonight Show’ spoof, KARE

The Democratic debate drew a party-record 15.3 million viewers, although it fell far short of the 23 million to 25 million people who tuned into each of the two GOP debates. Washington Post

Four takeaways from the Washington Post

  • Hillary Clinton’s strength is debating: Tuesday was the best two-plus hours of Clinton’s 2016 campaign so far, writes Fix Boss.
  • Obama is no albatross: Candidates brought him up a lot, often to praise his policies and share how they’d push them even further. 
  • The “other three guys” have their own niches: Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, former senator Jim Webb of Virginia and former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee tried to make a splash Tuesday, but they didn’t really succeed.
  • The Democratic Party doesn’t know what it wants: Unlike Republicans, who have clearly elevated outsiders to the top of the pile, Democratic voters seem split between the establishment choice (Clinton) and the non-traditional candidate (Sanders). Tuesday’s debate did not seem to help the party move closer to a decision. The fight continues.


Minnesota’s changed immigration patterns, giffed, Pioneer Press


GOP might snub Minnesota Senate building, Pioneer Press

Minn. Democrats seek advantage in GOP House leadership struggles, MPR

Wannabe House speakers multiply as GOP wonders whether Paul Ryan will step into the breach, Star Tribune


Chief Harteau speaks at Gabby Giffords’ anti-gun violence conference, WCCO


Hodges retreats on ‘fair scheduling’ rules for Mpls. businesses, MPR

Hodges backs off on calls for a fair-scheduling ordinance, MinnPost

Can a regional initiative make Minnesotans more welcoming to outsiders? MinnPost

Minnesota provides $2.6 million to train low-income workers, MinnPost

Work barriers persist for breast-feeding, U study finds, Star Tribune

Union pay increases slowly at U, Minnesota Daily

Shar Knutson: Thank you for everything, Union Advocate


Dynasty: Lynx win WNBA championship on home court, Star Tribune

Lynx capture 3rd WNBA title in 5 years with 69-52 win at home, MPR

Lynx roar to 3rd WNBA title in 5 years, KSTP

Major League Soccer

St. Paul backs off on secrecy for soccer stadium talks, MPR

Key St. Paul players sign off on Major League Soccer joint agreement, Pioneer Press


Forest Service: Proposed mine near BWCA poses few concerns, MPR

Gov. Dayton tours mines ahead of Polymet decision, Pioneer Press

Facing PolyMet decision, Dayton to tour mines in Michigan, S.D., Pioneer Press


To MN House GOP, MNSure is ALWAYS the problem, mnpACT!

Mondale, Walter

Jimmy Carter and Joe Biden to honor Walter Mondale at D.C. tribute, MinnPost

Mystic Lake

Mystic Lake will add another hotel, convention center, Star Tribune

Ponikvar, Veda

Influential Minnesota newspaper publisher Veda Ponikvar dies at 96, Star Tribune

Newspaper publisher Veda Ponikvar, ‘Iron Lady’ of the Iron Range, dies at 96, Pioneer Press


I-94 expansion, Rogers FedEx open, KSTP


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