The Capitol remains as silent as an empty tomb, with legislators and their staffers still scattered to the four winds. That's likely to change -- with a vengence -- next week, when they return for the stretch run of trhe legislative session.
Gov. Mark Dayton's sole scheduled public appearance Friday was a visit to the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley to commemorate Earth Day. He planned to speak briefly to students, tour the school and inspect a wind turbine installed there.
Other than that, it's a quiet day in Lake Woebegon.
GOP Party Chairman Keith Downey released a letter to a party committee questioning the judgment and competency of Deputy Chairman Chris Fields just days ahead of the election for party officers in St. Cloud Saturday.