A bill that puts a constitutional gay marriage ban in front of voters in 2012 passed late Saturday.
Gov. Mark Dayton symbolically vetoed the ban. Southwest Minneapolis Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) praised the veto, despite the fact that it has no impact on the amendment. Dibble also wrote a letter to the entire state, urging Minnesotans to work against the ban. Dibble also and made after the bill's passage. Southwest's House Minority Leader ."
Contributor James Sanna did a couple great pieces on the marriage ban. He told the at the State Capitol over the weekend. He also used both sides' statements to help , which some fear will divide the state, is headed.
Dayton also vetoed nine Republican budget bills, guaranteeing a special session. PDFs of each of the governor's veto letters can be viewed . But Thissen said the break provided by the end of session gives Minnesotans the solutions.
Contributor Mike Wilkinson covered the fate of Minneapolis pension reform, which for at the legislature.
In business, contributor Ashle Briggs Horton told us about the new in Southwest. She also , a longtime Linden Hills business that recently relocated to a street-level storefront. A at 3800 Grand Avenue in Kingfield.
We also put together photo galleries of the opening days of both and farmers markets.
Contributor Alison Nowak did another great history piece (did you see her article on the ?), this week's piece focused on the .
As the city dealt with the aftermath of the tornado, we repackaged Patch tornado coverage from across the state.
Contributor Justin Horwath, who will be handling the from now on, put together a list of , including robberies and burglaries. Patch also covered the charges against a local man in a bizarre Edina robbery. Two Southwest Minneapolis men were also , more charges are expected. The beloved in the middle of the day.
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In school news, the Washington Post named in the state. for environmental causes, and learned about math and science along the way.