John Hageman

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Minneapolis police Chief Dolan to retire

Minneapolis police Chief Tim Dolan will not seek a third term and will retire at the end of the year. Dolan has led the police department since he became acting chief in 2006, and has been in the department since 1983 after serving as a Hennepin County Sheriff's Deputy. The city council confirmed his nomination as police chief in 2007 and 2010 to three-year terms. His current term will end in January 2013.


Senate passage means voter ID amendment heads to November ballot

    The Minnesota state Senate passed the contentious voter ID amendment Wednesday 35-29, ensuring that the question will go before voters in November. The House repassed the bill early Wednesday morning after both chambers passed their respective versions of the bill late last month. A conference committee cleared up language differences between the two bills Monday.


Voter ID amendment officially heads to November ballot

The Minnesota Senate passed the contentious voter ID bill Wednesday 35-29, ensuring that the constitutional amendment question will go before voters in November. The House re-passed the bill early Wednesday morning after both chambers passed their respective versions of the bill last month. The House and Senate needed to re-pass the amendment after a conference committee cleared up language differences between the two bills Monday.


Legislature to select Sviggum's board replacement Wednesday

The replacement for Steve Sviggum on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents will be chosen next Wednesday. During the floor session Friday, Rep. Bud Nornes, chair of the House’s Higher Education Committee, named three candidates: Tom Devine, Kelly Smith and Bob Vogel. The joint higher education commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday to make a recommendation to the full House and Senate, which will convene to make a decision 6 p.m., Wednesday.


House passes bill that would allow alcohol at TCF Bank Stadium

The Minnesota House passed a bill Friday that would allow alcohol to be sold in certain areas of TCF Bank Stadium.  The liquor omnibus bill includes a provision to allow alcohol in stadium suites and a designated area in or near the stadium. The Senate passed a similar provision in its omnibus bill Wednesday. 


Booze bill gets Senate go-ahead

  The Minnesota Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would allow beer to be sold in certain areas of TCF Bank Stadium. The omnibus liquor bill includes a provision that allows beer to be sold in suites as well as in a designated area somewhere in or near the stadium. The bill passed 58-4. The House’s omnibus liquor bill contains a similar provision and could be heard later this week.


Sample maps redraw University area ward lines

  Major changes to Minneapolis City Council wards in the University of Minnesota area could be on the way. The Minneapolis Charter Commission, which handles the redistricting process within the city, released new sample ward maps Tuesday. Those maps will go before several public hearings, including one Wednesday night, before being finalized.


State Senate passes bill to eliminate teacher seniority

The Minnesota Senate passed a bill Monday that would eliminate the “last in, first out” policy that determines which teachers are laid off first at K-12 schools. The bill now heads to a conference committee before landing on Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk.


Councilman Samuels will run for Hennepin County seat

Minneapolis City Councilman Don Samuels will run for the soon-to-be vacant Hennepin County Board of Commissioners seat left behind by Mark Stenglein. Samuels made the announcement on his Facebook page Monday morning. “What a great opportunity this will be, to shift the focus of county efforts from assistance to transformation,” Samuels wrote. “I am thrilled at the prospect and I ask for your support.”


Regent Sviggum takes job as spokesman for Senate Republican Caucus

University of Minnesota Regent Steve Sviggum  took a job as the spokesman and executive assistant for the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus, the party announced Monday night. Sviggum will continue his six-year term as regent, according to a press release. In March, SviggumâÄôs dual roles as a newly-selected regent and his fellowship at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs were ruled a conflict of interest. Sviggum selected to remain a regent, an unpaid position, rather than his $80,000 per year job at the Humphrey School.