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U of M selects Joan Gabel as next president

Plus: Judge overturns sex-offender place of residence restriction; Klobuchar Q&A with the New Yorker; Keillor returns to the stage; and more.

Joan Gabel
MinnPost photo by Erin Hinrichs

Meet your next president. MPR’s Peter Cox reports: “University of Minnesota regents on Tuesday unanimously approved Joan Gabel to be the university’s new president. … Gabel, 50, is provost at the University of South Carolina. She was the sole finalist for the Minnesota job and will be the university’s first female president.”

You can’t do that. The Star Tribune’s Chris Serres reports: “A Hennepin County judge has struck down an ordinance in Dayton, Minn. that restricts where sex offenders can live in the community, saying the measure is trumped by state law. … The far-reaching ordinance barred convicted sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any school, day care provider, park, playground or public bus stop — even a pumpkin patch or apple orchard — within the city of Dayton …”

Klobuchar’s not running (yet), but she’s thinking about it. A Q&A in the New Yorker: “Whether we like it or not, the 2020 race for President is on. Would-be candidates are hiring staff, they’re planning trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, they’re making phone calls—for money, of course—and they’re giving interviews. And that’s been keeping the New Yorker staff writer Susan B. Glasser pretty busy. … Glasser was on Capitol Hill recently to speak with Amy Klobuchar, who was elected to the Senate, from Minnesota, in 2006.

Look who’s back. The AP reports (via WCCO): “Garrison Keillor looked comfortable on the small stage as he sang Christmas lullabies, told off-color limericks and spun a tale about a lutefisk dinner at the fictitious Lake Wobegon. … Fans laughed, applauded and sang along throughout Sunday night’s two-hour show — the second of back-to-back, sold-out Keillor performances at Crooners , a jazz nightclub in a northern Minneapolis suburb not far from where Keillor grew up.”

In other news …

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