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Secretary of state wants repeal of public party preference declaration in 2020 primary

Plus: longtime St. Paul City Council-member Bostrom to retire; soybeans pile up in storage as trade war drags on; ex-offenders’ job prospects look up in strong economy; and more.

Secretary of State Steve Simon
Secretary of State Steve Simon
MinnPost photo by Bill Kelley

Crashing the party. The AP reports (via WCCO): “Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon is asking legislators to change a state law that requires voters to declare a party preference in the state’s 2020 presidential primary and makes that information public data.”

St. Paul shakeup. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo reports: “After 22 years in office, the longest-serving member of the St. Paul City Council stunned colleagues on Wednesday by announcing his retirement. … ‘It’s my deepest honor to have earned your respect and trust,’ said Dan Bostrom, addressing the seven-member council.”

Bean bloat. The Star Tribune’s Adam Belz reports: “Soybeans have been harvested across the Midwest, but tens of millions of bushels are sitting in bins on farms and at grain elevators. … Unwilling to sell at current prices and hopeful that progress on trade talks with China will be a boost to the market, farmers have decided to hold on to their crop as long as they can.

Rising tide lifts all boats. MPR’s Martin Moylan reports:Doors are opening wider lately for many ex-offenders, people who’ve historically had the hardest time landing jobs. With Minnesota’s near-record jobless rate and more openings than people looking for work, observers say employers’ attitudes are shifting on the value of the roughly 320,000 Minnesotans — about 8 percent of the state’s adults — with felony records.”

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