ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will name a replacement for Sen. Al Franken on Wednesday. Dayton has come under pressure to appoint someone who can run in a special election in November and keep the seat in Democratic hands, rather than just keep the seat warm. Speculation has centered on his trusted lieutenant governor and former chief of staff, Tina Smith.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota has announced restrictions on the use of the herbicide dicamba for 2018 in response to complaints by soybean growers across the country that it harmed their crops this year. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture on Tuesday set a June 20 cutoff date for applying the herbicide. It also prohibits applications above 85 degrees. The rules are meant to reduce instances of the herbicide drifting and damaging neighboring fields.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A former Minneapolis police officer will serve six months in the workhouse after he was convicted of assaulting a man while on-duty. Christopher Reiter received no jail time at his sentencing Tuesday. Reiter also was sentenced to three years of probation, and he was stripped of his peace officer's license. A jury in October found Reiter guilty of third-degree assault for kicking a domestic assault suspect in the face in 2016. The police department later fired Reiter.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A bipartisan proposal to change Minnesota House rules would allow lobbyists, staff, members of the executive branch and the public to make discrimination and harassment complaints to the Ethics Committee. DFL Rep. John Lesch and Republican Rep. Marion O'Neill also proposed an expedited investigative process that allows confidentiality for accusers.
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