ST. PAUL — Opponents of a proposal to allow carrying handguns for life say the legislation would allow people to carry guns after it is safe. Under Minnesota law, permits expire every five years, at which point applicants must undergo training and pay a fee to renew their permit. The new bill, introduced by Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, would establish a one-time permitting system by eliminating expiration dates from carrying permits issued after Aug. 1.
ST. PAUL—A Minnesota state representative was sworn into office in a newly renovated state Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 112 years to the day after his great-grandfather took his oath in the newly built Capitol. Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, was among 200 legislators sworn in Tuesday in the Capitol, which just reopened after a $310 million renovation. His great-grandfather, Ole Opdahl, immigrated from Bergen, Norway, to Freeborn County in 1865 and went on to represent the southern Minnesota area in the House from 1903 to 1906.