Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Sona Mehring announced earlier in April that she planned to run for Minnesota's Second Congressional seat.
Just weeks after she announced that she would campaign against Rep. John Kline (R) in Minnesota's Second Congressional District, Eagan resident and CaringBridge founder Sona Mehring has abruptly ended her campaign. As part of her campaign for Congress, Mehring initially made the decision to resign—a decision she appeared to regret in a news release issued Tuesday. Although her campaign had received "tremendous" support, Mehring said that her true passion lay with CaringBridge, a nonprofit she founded in 1997, and that her work there was not done. Read Mehring's full statement below: Dear Friends, As I set out on my campaign for Congress, there was a yearning to serve my country and the people in my community in a new way. This meant …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Also in this week’s review: A new leader for the City of Burnsville staff, Little Caesar’s gets its sign wavers back.
Take a trip around Dakota County and the south metro with this week's rundown of top news. For the original story, simply click on the link in the headline. Burnsville Burnsville Board of Education Narrows Field to Two in Search for Superintendent As of Wednesday night, elected officials at the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District were one step closer to finding a replacement for outgoing Superintendent Randy Clegg. Burnsville CFO Heather Johnston to be Promoted to City Manager The council was unanimous in their support of Heather Johnston, though Shakopee City Administrator Mark McNeill was a close second. Eagan VIDEO: It's Official, Obermueller Seeks 2014 Rematch Against Kline Mike Obermueller, who was defeated by incumbent Rep. …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Second District U.S. Rep. John Kline lent his name to a fundraiser for a Tennessee congressman, an anti-abortion Republican who allegedly slept with his medical patients and pressured one to have an abortion.
U.S. Rep. John Kline, a Republican whose district includes Mendota Heights and Inver Grove Heights, is receiving criticism for hosting a fundraiser for a scandal-plagued Tennessee congressman accused of impregnating his medical patient and pressuring her to have an abortion. Kline lent his name to a March 19 fundraiser for Tennessee Republican Scott DesJarlais, a doctor and anti-abortion advocate, who reportedly dated multiple patients, arranging for an abortion with one, and supported his wife's decision to have two abortions before their marriage, according to transcripts from their divorce proceedings. "Congressman Kline's support for disgraced, Tea Party hypocrite Scott DesJarlais is just one more example of how out of touch Kline is …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Second District Rep. John Kline received $2,500 in contributions from the gun rights group during the 2012 election cycle.
The Sandy Hook school shooting may have added new fuel to the gun control debate, but advocacy groups have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to federal legislators since 2009, according to a report released Friday. Nonpartisan research organization MapLight, in coordination with Tableau Software, compiled contribution totals for the leading advocacy groups in the gun control debate—the National Rifle Association and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The NRA’s Political Action Committee dwarfs the Brady Campaign’s in terms of contributions to legislators. It gave about $1.5 million to legislators compared to the Brady Campaign’s $5,900. In Minnesota, the NRA gave nearly $30,000 to legislators—ranking the state 20th in NRA …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Rep. John Kline will visit host mobile office hours in Lilydale and West St. Paul later this week.
Congressman John Kline, who represents Minnesota's Second Congressional District, will be holding mobile office hours in several Dakota County communities this week to visit with consituents. From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, Kline will be at in Lilydale at TK's Coffee. From 11 a.m. to noon, he is scheduled to hold office hours at the Northern Dakota County Service Center in West St. Paul. Kline and his staff will be on hand to answer questions and help constituents with any problems they may have experienced with federal agencies. The mobile office will also allow constituents to register their thoughts on the important issues of the day.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Ralph Klett entered the army through Fort Snelling, and was honorably discharged after suffering injuries during the Rhineland Campaign in 1945.
The following is a press release from the office of Congressman John Kline. Congressman John Kline presented Ralph Klett (Mendota Heights), 95, and Joseph Ginter (Shakopee) with the French Legion of Honor medal at congressional medal ceremonies this week. The ‘Ordre national de la Legion d’honneur,” created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, is generally, but not exclusively awarded for military service and is the highest decoration bestowed by France. “As a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps whose dad landed on the beaches of Normandy, it is a great honor to present the French Legion of Honor medal to Mr. Klett and Mr. Ginter,” said Kline, who retired from the USMC at the rank of Colonel. “The freedoms and liberties we and so many …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
In other recent news from around the region, Eagan's Nicholas David comes in third on "The Voice," and a wave of influenza hits Northfield schools.
You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the top recent stories from around the region. Here's a look at news from the past week that may interest you or have an impact on your life. To read the full story, click on the headline links: Kline Calls Connecticut Tragedy 'Unthinkable,' But Stays Mum on Gun Legislation The second district's Congressman John Kline has been a consistent supporter of gun rights. Gun Permit Requests Soar in Dakota County; Sheriff Questions State's Gun Laws Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows said Thursday that Minnesota’s permit-to-carry law allows some people with serious mental health issues to acquire firearms. Firefighters Respond to Blaze in Apple Valley Office…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Incumbent Republican John Kline defeated Democrat Mike Obermueller by more than 8 points to keep his seat in congress.
Rep. John Kline (R-Lakeville) is going back to Washington, D.C. Kline defeated Democratic challenger Mike Obermueller by more than 8 points on Nov. 6. With each of the 291 precincts reporting, Kline received 193,587 votes, or 54.01 percent of the total votes cast. Obermueller received 164,335, or 45.85 percent. Patch will have more on this race in the coming days.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
In other news from around the South Metro region, politicians face off in their final debates before the election and Eagan's Nicholas David Mrozinski advances on another round of NBC's "The Voice."
You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the week's top stories, which first appeared on this site or those of our neighbors. Here's a look at the recent stories that may interest you, or have an impact on your life. To read the full stories, click on the headline links. Kline on Defensive in First Debate with Obermueller The two sparred in an on-air debate hosted by MPR on Monday morning. It was the first and only debate in the Second Congressional District race. Eastview Boys Kick To Their First State Class 2A Soccer Crown Senior Jacob Opheim scored two goals, including the game-winner in the second half, and Eastview dropped Blaine 3-2 Thursday for its first state soccer championship. …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The two sparred in an on-air debate hosted by MPR on Monday morning. It was the first and only debate in the Second Congressional District race.
Second Congressional District challenge Mike Obermueller (DFL) lobbed plenty of criticism at incumbent Rep. John Kline (R) during the first and only debate between the two candidates on Monday morning. Obermueller, who is seeking to unseat Kline in the newly competitive congressional district, called the five-term legislator part of a "broken system" during the hour-long debate, which was aired by MPR and moderated by host Kerri Miller. "John, you’ve voted 95 or 96 percent of the time with your party, that’s more partisan than Michele Bachmann," Obermueller said. “The system is hopelessly broken, the way you guys are running it now." Click here to listen to an audio recording of the full debate. Kline characterized his opponent's attacks…