School board member hires daughter to help campaign
Incumbent Minneapolis school Board Member Rebecca Gagnon has hired her college-age daughter to be her paid campaign manager.
Campaign finance records show Gagnon’s campaign has already paid $1,120 to her daughter, Samantha, and still owes her $3,000. Samantha Gagnon is a sophomore at Loyola University.
Rebecca Gagnon has raised $10,902 so far and is the only candidate who reported paying a campaign manager. She chose her daughter instead of a seasoned campaign pro because she has “quite a bit of experience working with campaigns,” including a mayoral campaign.
Gagnon said her daughter is also very in tune with the issues facing the district.
“Some of the candidates do not know what is happening in our schools,” she said. “She was actively involved in the district, and she’s a great asset.”
City Council gives nod to Sunday taproom sales
Starting in September, St. Paul brewers will be able to sell their beer where it’s made on Sundays as well as the rest of the week.
The St. Paul City Council last week approved an ordinance to allow taprooms to sell beer produced on the premises from 10 a.m. Sundays to 1 a.m. on Mondays, subject to a special $200 license.
The ordinance also permits the establishment of “cocktail rooms” at microdistilleries, where liquor produced on site can be consumed or sold. The council will vote later this month on a proposed licensing fee of $605 for microdistilleries.
The door to Sunday taproom sales was opened this year by the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton, who signed a bill permitting such sales if approved by the local jurisdiction.
The bill stopped short of allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays or grocery stores to sell wine and liquor.
Minneapolis and St. Louis Park have already acted to permit Sunday taproom sales.