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Walz administration announces plans for coping with ongoing federal shutdown

Plus: group forms to figure out realistic recreational marijuana legalization plan for Minnesota; high school friend of Closs kidnapper interview; cold weather forecast; and more.

Gov. Tim Walz
Gov. Tim Walz
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

No shutdown end in sight. KSTP reports: “Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on Tuesday announced their administration’s efforts to try and minimize the impact of the federal government shutdown on the state. … Now in its 25th day, the shutdown is the longest such closure in U.S. history. … Walz, Flanagan and other state officials were joined by faith leaders at a press conference Tuesday to discuss how the state will cope with the challenges the shutdown has produced.

Legalize responsibly. City Pages’ Hannah Jones writes: “There are plenty of logistical reasons Minnesota legislators have given for why the state is, at the very least, ‘not ready’ for legalization. That’s where [Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation], which draws its leadership from government and nonprofit sectors (Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey numbers among them), comes in. Together, its members (who are also from both sides of the aisle) are going to canvass the state and figure out what Minnesota would actually have to do in order to make legal marijuana a realistic prospect.

More on the alleged Jayme Closs kidnapper. Wisconsin Public Radio’s Danielle Kaeding reports (via the Duluth News Tribune): “A former friend and classmate of the man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents said Jake Patterson was introverted and kept to himself. … Dylan Fisher of Minong, Wis., graduated high school with Patterson in 2015. Fisher said the two were friends throughout high school.”

Winter is (finally) coming. MPR’s Paul Huttner reports: “Welcome to the warmest day for the rest of January in Minnesota. … The northern hemisphere upper air pattern is about to change dramatically. A series of cold fronts sails south over the next two weeks. The first front blows into Minnesota Tuesday night. A stronger arctic front drives south Thursday.”

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