Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday issued a cold invitation -- but not a cold shoulder -- to the Minnesota Capitol press.
The 19th annual ice fishing event in Brainerd/Star Tribune file
"We're going to Brainerd on Saturday to meet with the tourism advisory groups but also to participate in the outdoor ice fishing activities there, to which all members of the Capitol press corps are invited," Dayton said. "Attendance will be taken. And future access to the governor's office will depend on those who show up."
For those who fret about press access, the governor delivered his ultimatum with a laugh.
The Brainerd Jaycees said that Dayton is the first governor to attend the 21-year-old ice fishing event.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."