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DFL legislative incumbents question process as challengers win endorsements

Minnesota State Capitol
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan
Minnesota State Capitol

Gearing up for primary season. The Star Tribune’s Miguel Otárola and Torey Van Oot report:A third Democratic state legislator is questioning his party’s endorsement process after losing his bid for the DFL’s backing to a primary challenger. … State Sen. Erik Simonson, a first-term senator from Duluth, was defeated by attorney Jen McEwen by a wide margin in a virtual endorsement vote that concluded last week. Mc­Ewen received 70% of the vote in the Senate’s Seventh District DFL convention, earning 261 of the 371 votes cast. Simonson received 108 votes. … On Sunday, Simonson pledged to remain in the race through the Aug. 11 primary, criticizing the endorsement as ‘flawed processes controlled by a handful of party insiders.’”

Clearing the air. WCCO reports:Pollution has dropped, at least temporarily, worldwide following COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Now we’re getting a look at how those stay-at-home orders have impacted air quality in the U.S. and more specifically the Twin Cities. … Meteorologist Daniel Dix and the MPCA found that Nitrogen Dioxide — or NO2, a pollutant created by traffic and industrial activity — has decreased 10% to 20% on average across the Twin Cities. The suburbs of Blaine and Lakeville saw decreases of around 30 to 35%; Minneapolis saw a decrease of around 15%.”

More testing. Also from ’CCO:Health teams will soon be testing those living at a homeless encampment in Minneapolis for COVID-19. … The Metropolitan Council says they are working with the city of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and multiple social service groups to find “long-term support” for those living in tents near Hiawatha Avenue and 28th Street. They say the virus is a big concern.”

Businesses are figuring out how to re-open. MPR’s Lauren Rosenthal reports: “Lisa Rojas had a feeling her clients would miss her. But exactly how much became clear last week. … Rojas is the owner of Dreadlocks for Dingoes, a dog groomer that’s been operating in the Twin Cities for 25 years. While the business was closed due to COVID-19, one client took matters into her own hands — and went a little wild with the clippers. … Monday marks one week since Dreadlocks for Dingoes and many other ‘nonessential’ retailers in Minnesota were allowed to reopen — with limitations. Those stores and service providers had to take safety precautions and minimize their contact with customers, navigating a new way of making sales and doing business.”

In other news…

Broken window found:Investigation Underway After Overnight Fire At North Minneapolis Mosque” [WCCO]

Feeling a wheel need:Minnesota bus companies send convoy seeking assistance from Congress” [KSTP]

Little drama:Guthrie Theater plans for a 3-play season” [City Pages]

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Pat Terry on 05/11/2020 - 06:15 pm.

    The DFL endorsement process: still undemocratic, exclusionary garbage.

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