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Special interests, political action committees and state party offices are out to sway votes in the Feb. 12 special state Senate election, with fliers, commercials and online ads inundating area voters.
Voters will choose between two candidates in a special election for Minnesota Senate District 54, which covers Washington and Dakota county communities.
With less than two weeks left before the Feb. 12 Senate special election, candidates Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, and Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove, clashed at the Jan. 30 League of Women Voters' candidate forum.
Legends of Cottage Grove will become home to dozens of new residents when move-in begins Feb. 1. The four-story, 184-unit senior living facility is currently about 60 percent booked, Legends Community Manager Bailey England said. The developer, Plymouth-based Dominium, took a little over a year to construct the building which includes amenities such as a theater, library, meeting rooms and event space with kitchens. Each of the one-, two- or three-bedroom independent senior apartments available for rent also have a living room, kitchen and laundry.
Three candidates are battling it out in a state Senate special election Feb. 12 that could narrow control of the Senate. The Senate seat was vacated when then-Democratic Sen. Dan Schoen resigned in December amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Former state representatives Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, and Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove, are facing off in the Senate race, with Hastings Libertarian candidate Emily Mellingen also running.
Longtime Legislator Denny McNamara beat out newcomer James E. Brunsgaard III in a Republican primary challenge Jan. 29. After winning 85 percent of the vote in the primary, McNamara earned his spot on the Feb. 12 special election ballot for the vacant District 54 Senate seat. The seat was opened after former DFL Sen. Dan Schoen resigned in December amid allegations of sexual misconduct. "I really am humbled by the support throughout the district; it's cool to see," McNamara said. About 1,500 votes were cast in the Republican primary.
Newport's Opinion Brewing Co. building was condemned by the city Jan. 1. The city had given them a six month temporary certificate of occupancy to work out fire code issues.
Denny McNamara is one step closer to the District 54 Senate special election after securing the GOP endorsement Dec. 12. The Hastings Republican retired last year after 14 years in the House of Representatives, but planned a Senate bid after Sen. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, announced he would resign Dec. 15 following multiple sexual misconduct allegations. McNamara secured the endorsement over fellow Republican candidates Leilani Holmstadt of Cottage Grove and Bob Anderson of Hastings.
Washington County, along with about 20 other Minnesota counties, announced civil action against major pharmaceutical companies Nov. 30 for the sale and manufacture of opioid drugs. The counties will file separate lawsuits, but Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said they are all working in conjunction to launch the suits. Prosecutors say the lawsuits are a response to the rise in opioid abuse and an attempt to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for their products and marketing.
When Jim Meyer's shed housing his tractors, wagons and combine went up in flames, his neighbors stepped in to make sure his harvest schedule barely missed a beat. Meyer doesn't farm a huge amount of acres — about 100 acres total of corn and soybeans — but he had nearly a quarter of it left when the fire started. With no equipment to bring in the crop himself, he knew he would need help. "I knew somebody would help me, somewhere down the line," Meyer said. "And I'll tell them the same thing: When they're done (with their farms), don't drop anything."