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Republican Brad Finstad wins special election for Minnesota House seat

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Brad Finstad. Photo courtesy of Finstad for Congress

Republican Brad Finstad won a special election Tuesday to fill the remainder of late U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn's term in southern Minnesota's 1st Congressional District, the Associated Press reports.

The big picture: Finstad, a former legislator and USDA rural development director, defeated Democratic nominee and former Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger.

Republican Scott Jensen to take on Tim Walz for Minnesota governor

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Scott Jensen and Gov. Tim Walz Photos: Minneosta Legislature/Minnesota Governor's Office

Scott Jensen won Tuesday's Republican primary for Minnesota governor and is now the challenger to incumbent Democrat Gov. Tim Walz in the November election.

Driving the news: Jensen and Walz both sailed to victory in their respective primary bids, the Associated Press projects.

Officers win $1.4M in discrimination suit over guarding Derek Chauvin

A journalist watches their mobile phone showing Derek Chauvin as the verdict in his trial over the death of George Floyd is announced in Minneapolis on April 20, 2021. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners agreed to a $1.455 million settlement with corrections officers who sued after they were prevented from guarding former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin due to their race.

Driving the news: The board agreed to resolve the discrimination claims and formally apologized to the eight current and former correctional officers of the Ramsey County Adult Detention Facility.

Torey Van Oot
16 hours ago - Politics

What to watch in Minnesota's 2022 primary election

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Minnesota voters head to the polls Tuesday for the state's primary election. Here's a sampling of some of the most closely watched races on the ballot.

Republican attorney general race

The most competitive statewide primary is the Republican attorney general race between Jim Schulz, the party-endorsed candidate, and Doug Wardlow, who was the GOP's nominee in 2018.

Torey Van Oot
Aug 8, 2022 - Politics

How to vote in Minnesota's 2022 primary election

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Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Minnesota's 2022 primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Why it matters: The winners advance to the November midterm ballot, when everything from control of the Congress and the state Legislature to Hennepin County's top prosecutor are on the line.

Torey Van Oot
Aug 8, 2022 - Politics

White failed to disclose purpose of some large retailer expenditures from campaign funds: FEC filing

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A Minnesota congressional candidate spent thousands of dollars in campaign funds at popular retailers in recent months without explaining in his fundraising report how many of the purchases were used for his campaign, an Axios review of Federal Election Commission records found.

Why it matters: Some of the expenditures reported in 5th Congressional District candidate Royce White's recent campaign finance filing could run afoul of FEC reporting requirements and rules prohibiting the use of political funds for personal use, two experts told Axios.

Nick Halter
Aug 8, 2022 - Business

The Fortune 500 sweepstakes

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Local and regional leaders are hoping to convince a soon-to-be Fortune 500 company to put its headquarters in the Twin Cities.

Driving the news: Maplewood-based 3M Co. announced in late July it would spin off its $8.6 billion health care business. After the move, the spinoff would rank as roughly the 400th largest publicly traded company in the U.S. and have thousands of employees.

The intrigue: 3M has not said anything about where that yet-to-be-named company will be based. But there's already a movement afoot in St. Paul to lure the spinoff to downtown.

Why it matters: A Fortune 500 headquarters in downtown St. Paul would breathe new life into the city and solve a decades-long effort to attract a larger daytime population.

  • Whether it's St. Paul or elsewhere in the region, keeping this company in the Twin Cities is important to the regional economy.
  • "It is absolutely incumbent upon us to do our best work to help this spinoff grow here," said St. Paul Area Chamber CEO B Kyle.

What's happening: Downtown's largest landlord, Jim Crockarell, already had renderings drawn up for a 40-story tower in the middle of the city, with a pipe dream of attracting some big company. That was before the 3M news.

  • "This is real now," Crockarell said. "Before it was just our fantasy."

The subsidy question: 3M already has a presence in Texas, a state with no corporate income taxes and a history of generous corporate subsidies.

  • "Other cities are certainly going to offer them incentives for a $9 billion spin off company," Crockarell said. "St. Paul, just to be competitive, has got to offer as many incentives as they can come up with. Bloomington would offer incentives. Edina would offer incentives. Austin, Texas would offer incentives."

Joe Spencer, president of the St. Paul Downtown Alliance, said 3M would be such a major addition to downtown that "everything should be on the table."

City Council Member Rebecca Noecker, who represents downtown, said the city has existing incentive programs for companies that create jobs in addition to built-in advantages of being downtown.

  • “I think there's incentives that we can offer that aren't just financial," she said.
  • A spokesperson for Mayor Melvin Carter's office said Carter "looks forward to connecting with 3M to learn more about their plans."

Of note: 3M did not respond to a request for comment.

State of play: There's not enough vacant high class office space available in St. Paul to house hundreds or thousands of workers for a 3M spinoff.

  • So a developer would have to build. Three logical sites: The Central Station at Minnesota and Fifth streets; the county-owned RiversEdge site between the bluff and Mississippi River; and the parking lot across the street from Treasure Island Center.

The case for St. Paul: 3M is already an east metro company, so a move to St. Paul wouldn't drastically disrupt commutes. Plus, the company has previously been interested in expanding into downtown.

The case against: Many employees are used to free parking in Maplewood. 3M could easily slice off a chunk of its Maplewood campus and lease it back to the new health care business.

  • And there will no doubt be other suitors. Bloomington has a $400 million pot of money it can use for economic development near the Mall of America.

This dome Airbnb near Minneapolis has a slide, putting green and more

The living room of one of the domes. Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

Sure, you can drive up north to the cabin this month — or, grab 15 of your closest friends for a staycation in two giant domes.

What's happening: The 8,000-square-foot "Geodesic Dome Home" in Eden Prairie — two connected four-story domes that can host at least 16 guests — is available for rent on Airbnb.