Minnesota News Roundup: More National Guard soldiers coming home todayMinnesota News
-- Another wave of Minnesota National Guard soldiers comes home today.
Another wave of Minnesota National Guard soldiers comes home today. More than 225 members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th infantry are scheduled to hop off buses in the suburb of Maplewood this morning (11:40am) and in Alexandria a short time later (1:05pm). It's the fourth group to arrive back in Minnesota from a pool of 27-hundred soldiers who served in Iraq and Kuwait.
A fire late Friday in northwestern Minnesota resulted in the death of a young boy. The four-year old's body was found late Saturday ina home near the town of Stephen in Marshall County. Two other children were injured but there's no word on their conditions.
A big push for a new Vikings stadium resumes at the Capitol today (Mon) on what could be the last week of the 2012 legislature -- if lawmakers hit their self-imposed deadline to wrap up by the session by the end of the month. Stadium backers suffered a major setback at the beginning of last week when their bill went down to defeat in a House committee, then made a partial recovery last Friday night by getting the measure out of the Senate committee where it had been stalled for weeks. There's another hearing tonight in the Senate. Meanwhile, Ramsey County officials are trying to put the Arden Hills site back on lawmakers' radar screen.
The election is many months away but it's already certain there will be many new faces in the Minnesota legislature next session. A large number of lawmakers in both houses plan to retire or are running for a different office New legislative boundaries are forcing some to quit while others are tired of all the political bickering. U of M political science professor Kathryn Pearson says lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are frustrated by the gridlock, frustrated by the partisan rancor. She says at the congressional level, it will be difficult for Democrats to regain control of the U-S House. Pearson thinks they could hang on to the Senate but only by a seat or two. She says Republicans do have a shot at winning control.