Dayton, GOP agree on special session venue; government shutdown looming


The budget stalemate in Minnesota's capital is one step closer to a thaw, thanks to an agreement Dayton and Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt reached Tuesday.

The two met for an hourlong sit-down aimed scheduling a special session of the Legislature, and walked away with plans for a one-day session that will be held in the State Office Building, FOX 9 reports.

The station says there's still no decision as to the "when," but it's an important step as the massive renovation project at the Capitol building has resumed.

The construction work forced lawmakers to settle their differences in another venue.

The Star Tribune notes the temporary arena presents its own problems: the rooms that will likely be used to hold the special session are much smaller than the Senate and House chambers, meaning access to media may be cut off, among other challenges.

The paper points out that the building is referred to around town as "the SOB."

This comes after Democrat Dayton vetoed three of the Legislature's last-minute budget bills, two of them over the weekend: an education bill, an agriculture and environment bill, and a jobs and energy measure.

The governor indicated that he pulled out his veto pen over disagreements with the bills, including the lack of funding they provided to programs like statewide universal preschool.

With this year's legislative session already at an end, the move pushed lawmakers into extra innings, and the clock is ticking.

Without a budget deal by July 1, WCCO reports, Minnesota will go into a partial government shutdown.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 10.27.14 AM

Naked man shot by St. Paul cop charged for sexual assault of ex-girlfriend

The 31-year-old suspect remains at Regions Hospital after being shot.

Lindsay Whalen

Whalen's Gophers start season with only 7 players available

Whalen isn't happy that a transfer wasn't granted immediate eligibility to play.

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 9.21.08 AM

Baby steals the show in Minnesota family's viral TikTok video

Definitely busting out that wobbly baby move at the next party...

George Floyd protest

Activist groups release 'The People's Budget,' call for $53M Minneapolis police cuts

The People's Budget, spearheaded by Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block, would cut more than $53 million from MPD's budget.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Man dies weeks after November mini bike crash in Lakeville

The crash involved in mini bike and a van in Lakeville on Nov. 9.

gov. tim walz

Walz to be joined by first responders at COVID press conference Wednesday

Some departments have been forced to shift staffing or suspend service due to COVID-19.

Eddie Rosario

Report: Twins place Eddie Rosario on outright waivers

The outfielder's time with the team appears to be coming to an end.

radio station, microphone

Christian music broadcaster revealed as buyers of Go Radio

Educational Media Foundation. operates the K-Love brand, which has a presence already in the Twin Cities.

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 5.04.39 PM

St. Paul police chief reportedly fires officer who shot naked, unarmed man

Chief Todd Axtell said the officer's use of force was not reasonable.