AP Interview: Dayton opposes eased marijuana laws

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday he remains resistant to decriminalizing the possession of marijuana for medical or recreational use, despite recent steps other states have taken to relax their laws.

Dayton, a Democrat, addressed the issue in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, declaring, "I don't think we need another drug operating in our society."

Eighteen states allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and Colorado and Washington have decriminalized possession of small amounts for any purpose.

Proposals to allow medical marijuana in Minnesota have been stalled by opposition from law enforcement. But advocates plan to push again in the 2013 legislative session. Dayton said he won't budge unless law enforcement signs off on a deal that includes strict controls on how accessible the drug would be.

"As long as law enforcement believes whatever is being proposed is going to make society more dangerous, I'm going to honor their concerns," Dayton said.

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Vikings stadium groundbreaking set for Oct. '13

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Groundbreaking for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium is tentatively set for October 2013.

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen announced the date at Friday's board meeting.

The $975 million stadium will be built on the site of the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/TLWab1http://bit.ly/TLWab1 ) reports the date is a bit later that the timetable previously mentioned by authority and team officials. They initially projected groundbreaking to take place sometime during the third quarter of 2013.

But Kelm-Helgen says both the Vikings and the authority "are good" with the timeframe.

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Minn. woman pleads guilty to killing ex-boyfriend

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman accused of stalking and killing her ex-boyfriend had pleaded guilty to murdering him.

Thirty-nine-year-old Rochelle Inselman of Eden Valley pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree intentional murder.

The Hennepin County attorney's office says Inselman is set to be sentenced to 40 years in prison Tuesday. She had been indicted for first-degree murder and would have faced life in prison without parole if convicted on that charge.

Inselman pleaded guilty to killing Bret Struck in his Brooklyn Center home on Feb. 12. He was shot eight times.

Authorities say after the two broke up in 2004, she continued to harass him.

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Bachmann re-election run eased other campaign debt

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Michele Bachmann has dramatically reduced what had been a more than $1 million debt from her failed presidential run and she has her congressional re-election effort to thank for it.

New campaign finance reports released Thursday show the Minnesota congresswoman repaid more than $750,000 in presidential campaign debt by transferring it from her congressional account. More than $500,000 of that was shipped over between late October and late November.

Bachmann, a Republican, is one of the most prolific fundraisers in Congress. She narrowly won a fourth term in November over Democrat Jim Graves.

The congressional run was her second 2012 campaign. She waged a brief run for the GOP presidential nomination but dropped out after a poor showing in Iowa's leadoff caucuses.

Her debt now stands at about $170,000.