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ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that he doesn't expect his lieutenant governor to decide for months on whether she'll run with him for a second term, a timetable she later affirmed. The first-term Democrat addressed the issue after Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon was quoted last week wavering about trying for re-election. In a MinnPost story, Prettner Solon said she and Dayton don't talk regularly.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has settled with a Delaware company accused of “patent trolling” in Minnesota. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced the settlement Tuesday. The Delaware company, MPHJ Technology Investments LLC, was accused of trying to wring money out of hundreds of Minnesota businesses on claims the firms were infringing on patent rights by using basic office equipment.
ST. PAUL (AP) — A one-time tax on cigarette supplies has generated more than $30.4 million, most of which will be used as a backup funding stream for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The Minnesota Department of Revenue released new details Tuesday. The tax was assessed on cigarettes already in stores or warehouses prior to July 1. It was imposed as a way to discourage stockpiling before the cigarette tax permanently rose by $1.60 per pack.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cornfields and pastures are drying out across parts of central and eastern Minnesota, leading some cattle producers to thin out their herds. There hasn't been significant rain in parts of the region for several weeks, and corn and soybeans are wilting on land that's not irrigated, said Dan Martens, a University of Minnesota Extension educator. Growth in hay fields and pastures there has come to a halt, he added.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Potential presidential candidates’ recent burst of summertime Iowa visits belies this reality: No one has started to do the serious spadework of preparing for a 2016 White House run in this important state. Sure, it's more than two years until Iowa is to begin the presidential selection process. But this is a state where presidential campaigning — including early wooing of state legislators, recruiting volunteers and identifying potential staff — is a near-constant undercurrent.
ST. PAUL (AP) — A proposed Minnesota legislative office building that is being constructed on a tight timeline is headed back to the drawing board. The Department of Administration said Monday it was canceling a previous selection process for picking a team to build it. The company was supposed to be chosen by now. Instead, the goal is to issue new guidelines and pick a builder by late September.
NEW MARKET, Iowa (AP) — Officers scoured a section of Taylor County in southwest Iowa on Monday for an escaped inmate suspected of shooting and wounding a sheriff's deputy. Mitch Mortvedt of the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations said a Nebraska State Patrol helicopter was helping Iowa and Missouri officers who were searching a rural area southeast of New Market. The inmate was identified as Rodney Long, who escaped the minimum-security prison facility in Clarinda on Friday morning.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa intends to supply a smartphone app for 14- through 17-year-olds aimed at keeping them from texting while driving. The state Transportation Department is choosing a high-tech firm to develop the app, which is expected to become available early next year, The Des Moines Register reported ( http://dmreg.co/13zzDk7 ). It will be called “TXTL8R,” which in text language is “Text Later.”
WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota farmer who pleaded guilty to selling raw milk is accused of violating terms of his parole. A prosecutor in Sibley County has asked a district court judge to order the arrest of Michael Hartmann. A State Patrol trooper stopped the rural Gibbon farmer last week in Anoka County and discovered that he was transporting unpasteurized milk for sale. Under state law, raw milk can only be sold on the farm where it's produced.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 33-year-old northwest Iowa man has been given 25 years in prison for sexual contact with two 11-year-old girls. Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says Philip Stacy, of Sioux Center, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to sex abuse and to lascivious acts with a child. Both are felonies.