As part of the Minnesota Historical Society's Statehood week, Mimi Holmes, playing a 1857 school teacher, showed a group of visiting students from Levi Dodge Middle School, Farmington, what Minnesota almost looked like, with St. Cloud, St. Paul and St. Peter the largest cities. In character, she told them that all the good Republican farmers and business people were in this part of the state while in the north were too many Democrats, loggers and fur trappers who couldn't be counted or taxed.
As part of a Minnesota Historical Society display for statehood week, photos of Minnesota's first and second Capitols were in the hallway. On the left was the first Capitol which was occupied by the territorial legislature in 1854. Wings were added in the 1870's and it was destroyed by fire in 1881. The second, on the right, was built on the same site, opened in 1883 and used until the present Capitol opened in 1905. It was used as office space until it was torn down in 1938. Minnesota became a state May 11, 1858 and the crystal chandelier in the Capitol Rotunda will be illuminated this Friday.
Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
Maine's bombastic Republican governor has built a reputation on his unfiltered comments, but his obscene tirade unleashed on a liberal lawmaker prompted Democratic lawmakers Friday to warn that the governor was coming unhinged and to call for a political intervention.
As of Thursday, the governor and his staff have moved to down the Capitol mall to the Veterans Service Building; beginning next month the Capitol's august rotunda will close; on July 12 Capitol electricity will shut off for the day