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Klobuchar says she is ‘getting close’ to decision on presidential run

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar campaigning at the 2018 Pride parade in Minneapolis.

In the Star Tribune, Patrick Condon says, “Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Wednesday that she is ‘getting close to a decision’ about running for president in 2020, as other prominent Democrats begin to jump in the race to challenge President Donald Trump next year. ‘I’m continuing to talk to people about it’, the Minnesota Democrat said in an interview in her U.S. Senate office, a day before the start of a new congressional term. She said those discussions have been with a handful of longtime political advisers in Minnesota, some fellow U.S. senators, and others.”

In the PiPress, Josh Verges tells us, “Seven suburban cities are suing the coal refiners behind a banned pavement sealant that state pollution officials say could cost more than $1 billion to clean out of Twin Cities ponds. Minnesota in 2014 became the second state to ban the use or sale of sealants made with refined coal tar, which contains high levels of cancer-causing compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs.… Heavily contaminated sediment requires special disposal, which typically costs an additional $75,000 to $125,000 per pond.”

At MPR, Riham Feshir says, “Lawyers for former Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor expressed frustration in a court filing Wednesday at how the court handled their request to inspect a police car for an independent investigation into the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk. … In the end, the defense attorneys did not show up for the inspection, noting that the limitations made any access ‘meaningless.”

In the Duluth News Tribune, Brady Slater says, “Harry Welty didn’t wait long after the snow flew last week to unveil his latest creation. The snow sculpture outside his home on the corner of Fourth Street and 21st Avenue East depicts President Donald Trump as Baby New Year — wearing a diaper, 2019 sash and holding a top hat. At the time of publication, the sculpture’s head had been knocked off the body. There was no word from Welty on plans to make repairs.”

Sydney Mook of the Forum News Service reports, “A petition has been started to get the U.S. government to give Minnesota’s Northwest Angle to Canada. Commonly known as the Angle, the Northwest Angle is home to about 120 people and juts out of northern Minnesota but is surrounded by Lake of the Woods and Canadian territory. It is the only place in the United States outside Alaska that is north of the 49th parallel. It is a result of a surveying error made in 1755.”

Says Euan Kerr at MPR, “Common Good Books, the St. Paul shop opened by Garrison Keillor, went up for sale Wednesday. In a statement, Keillor said he opened Common Good Books because he loved the bookstores around the University of Minnesota. ‘Now I am leaving town and am busy writing a book of my own so it’s time to turn the business over to someone else’, his statement reads. Keillor has said he’s moving from St. Paul to Minneapolis.”

Also in the Strib, this from Dee DePass: “Midwest manufacturing picked up the pace in December after three months of slowing but continued to experience setbacks in trade, with imports and exports both contracting for the first time in several months, a widely watched economics report said. Creighton University’s nine-state Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to a welcome 55.2 in December from 54.1 in November amid higher product orders, sales and delivery speeds and lower oil prices. Minnesota’s index grew to 55.5 in December from 53.9 in November. Any index above 50 signals economic expansion, but the region hit a booming 61.1 in August before starting to slow.”

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