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Cost of shutdown to Minnesota so far: $100 million

Plus: researchers say Minnesota among fastest-warming states in the country; Klobuchar dismisses fake presidential campaign logos; Jimmy Butler-led 76ers blow out Timberwolves; and more.

Gov. Tim Walz
Gov. Tim Walz speaking about the federal government shutdown at a press conference on Tuesday.
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

In the Pioneer Press, this from Christopher Magan, “The complete impact of the shutdown on Minnesota won’t be understood for a while, but some things have already become clear: It’s costing the state money — an estimated $100 million so far — and Minnesota leaders aren’t afraid to demand every penny in federal funding the state is owed.”

The Star Tribune’s Jennifer Bjorhus says, “Minnesota is one of the fastest-warming states in the country and, measured by rising winter temperatures, Minneapolis and Mankato are among the three fastest-warming cities, a team of scientists told state lawmakers Tuesday. Climate change means the state will be buffeted by more supercharged weather — heat waves, droughts, deluges, wind storms, flooding and even wildfires. … The state’s famous winters are warming 13 times faster than its summers, said Tracy Twine, an associate professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Soil, Water and Climate.”

For The Hill, Michael Burke says, “Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who is considering a bid for the presidency in 2020, on Tuesday dismissed mock campaign logos that circulated on social media as something from a ‘very enthusiastic supporter.’ The fake logos, discovered by a Twitter user in a Washington, D.C., coffee shop, included a depiction of mountains and one version featured the slogan ‘courage for our country.’”

From the Star Tribune’s Janet Moore: “The average wait time in security lines [at MSP] Monday was 20 minutes, and four minutes for passengers with PreCheck. … But this could change as the weekend approaches, especially since many travelers will likely have Martin Luther King Day off on Monday.”

This from the AP, “A Minnesota judge has sentenced a man to just over 20 years in prison for strangling his girlfriend in her suburban Minneapolis apartment last year. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says 26-year-old Joseph Porter was sentenced after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Cristina Prodan in her Edina apartment. … Porter admitted he got into an altercation with Prodan on Jan. 4, 2018, and choked her. Realizing she was probably dead, Porter put her body in a suitcase and drove to New Orleans, where he burned her body in a shipping container in a junkyard.”

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WCCO-TV reports: “Police are asking the public’s help in identifying two armed robbery suspects who entered a Premier Bank in Northfield Tuesday morning and took an undisclosed amount of money. Police say two men approached a bank teller just before noon, displaying a semi-automatic handgun and demanding money. After taking the cash, the suspects left the bank on foot.”

From KBJR-TV in Duluth: “Officials are hoping a new online tool will encourage community members to test their homes for radon, a cancer-causing gas which can build up during the winter months. Officials with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have released an interactive map which show radon testing rates for every census tract in Minnesota. … The map reveals that testing rates are still low in Minnesota, with only about 1 percent of properties tested every year, despite years of public awareness campaigns urging all homeowners and residents to test.”

Also from WCCO: “Jimmy Butler’s final miserable months in Minnesota were blighted by trash talk toward his teammates and a sour demeanor that forced the Timberwolves to trade him. At home in Philadelphia, Butler is still working out the kinks with his new star teammates. But Butler had one final parting gift for his old team: a complete thrashing that left the Timberwolves in tatters. Butler scored 19 points in the first meeting with Minnesota since the trade, and the 76ers scored 83 points in the first half in a 149-107 rout on Tuesday night.”