Ahead of Minnesota caucus, GOP legislators lining up behind Rubio

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio during a visit to the Twin Cities in January.

If it were just the state legislature voting Tuesday, Rubio would be looking pretty good in Minnesota. MPR’s Brian Bakst rounds up the endorsements: “Two dozen Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature are lining up behind presidential hopeful Marco Rubio, including a pair from the leadership ranks. … House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers and Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, headline the list of new endorsers released Thursday by Rubio’s campaign. The roster includes both rural and suburban lawmakers.”

Meanwhile, Rubio rival Donald Trump seems to have a solid grip on the white supremacist vote. [Talking Points Memo]

If you came here for some good news about Best Buy … this is not it. MPR reports: “Best Buy’s fourth-quarter revenue slipped in a holiday shopping season that has been rugged for almost all retailers and it offered a conservative outlook to start the year. … Shares were buoyed Thursday before the opening bell, however, after the electronics retailer declared a special dividend, a $1 billion share buyback and a 22 percent hike to its regular dividend. … For the period ended Jan. 30, Best Buy earned $479 million, or $1.40 per share. A year earlier the company earned $519 million, or $1.46 per share.”

Argh, don’t jinx it! MPR’s Paul Huttner is playing with fire: “This may go down as the shortest winter on record in Minnesota. … You can make a case that winter really began on Dec. 17. That’s the first December day to produce a sub-freezing high temperature in the Twin Cities when the mercury managed 29 degrees. Looking ahead, we may be seeing the last gasps of winter in the next week. And the weather maps increasingly scream early spring.”

No parking in our front yard? We thought this was America. The Pioneer Press’ Mary Divine reports: “When a Stillwater resident complained last spring about cars, boats and campers parked in private yards around town, city officials began looking into creating a lawn parking ordinance. … They came up with a proposed ban on parking vehicles on the grass of residential front or side yards, and on March 8, the city council will give it a look. … ‘I don’t think there should be parking allowed on the grass in people’s front yard,’ said council member Tom Weidner, who said he was surprised the city didn’t already regulate yard parking. ‘It’s pretty simple.’ ”

In other news…

Congratulations! “Minnesota National Guard to name first female brigadier general” [Duluth News Tribune]

“Troubling” is an interesting way to put it: “’Troubling’ lyrics prompt action on NDSU fight song” [Star Tribune]

Just looking for a pic-a-nic basket of its own: “Zoo bear cub escaped as northern Minn. man stopped for snack” [MPR]

Garrison Keillor’s last last show is May 21. [MPR]

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