Minnesota News Roundup: Vikings stadium bill predicted to be introduced this weekBMinnesota News
-- Backers are hoping to introduce a Vikings stadium bill at the legislature this week -- and House Speaker Kurt Zellers has been getting flak for his hands-off stance so far.
ST. PAUL - Backers are hoping to introduce a Vikings stadium bill at the legislature this week -- and House Speaker Kurt Zellers has been getting flak for his hands-off stance so far.
Zellers said Friday that he's not ready to say whether he could support a Vikings stadium with public money involved. DFL Senator Terri Bonoff says she would ask Speaker Zellers where is the leadership on that? She says it's not to say the members have to get the votes. Bonoff has accused Zellers of dodging the issue. Zellers says it's uncertain whether the Minneapolis City Council will support the stadium plan.
Funeral services for State Senator Gary Kubly are Wednesday morning at Granite Falls Lutheran Church. The 68-year-old lawmaker and Lutheran pastor died Friday night in a St.Paul hospital after suffering cardiac-like symptoms a couple days earlier. Kubly was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease in 2010 and his health had rapidly deteriorated. A visitation is scheduled Tuesday evening and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
One term is apparently enough for a Republican state lawmaker from southern Minnesota. Senator Al DeKruif of Madison Lake announced that he will not seek re-election this fall. DeKruif says he needs to do what is best for his wife, their special-needs son and his business. The new redistricting plan put DeKruif and GOP Senator Julie Rosen of Fairmont in the same district. The new map also leaves a large portion of the district DeKruif represented without an incumbent. He says he's confident Rosen will prevail and the new Senate District 20 will field "an A-plus Republican candidate."