Government Notes

Candidates seek DFL endorsement More Southwest residents are stepping forward to seek the DFL endorsement for state legislative office this fall.

Mark Lindberg, a Linden Hills resident, will seek the DFL endorsement for Rep. Scott Dibble's (DFL-Minneapolis) current seat. Dibble plans to seek the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Myron Orfield (DFL-Minneapolis).

Lindberg is a senior program officer with the Otto Bremer Foundation in St. Paul and works on programs that promote human rights and create opportunities for social and economic justice.

Lindberg joins Metropolitan Council Representative Frank Hornstein in formally announcing his candidacy for the House District 60B seat.

In House District 63B - where the redrawn boundaries no longer include the residence of incumbent Rep. Jean Wagenius (DFL-Minneapolis) - Paul Thissen has announced he will be seeking the DFL endorsement. Thissen, a lawyer with the firm of Briggs and Morgan, lives in the Fulton neighborhood. -- Brent Killackey

Boulevard project saved A threat to the Boulevard project at West 53rd Street and Lyndale Avenue S. appears to have ended.

A last-minute amendment to a routine Mn/DOT bill in committee threatened to dramatically alter the project. Rep. Tom Workman (R-Chanhassen) added provisions that would have prohibited loading zones on state aid highways, such as was allowed for the Boulevard.

On the House floor, Rep. Jean Wagenius (DFL-Minneapolis) - with support from several suburban Republican lawmakers -- successfully removed the amendment from the bill on a vote of 75-51.

"I don't expect that we will see it again in another form," Wagenius said.

"We are pleased a bad idea didn't survive," said Lyndale West co-developer Lisa Kugler. Previously, Kugler said the project would have to be modified to accommodate a loading dock, making it a less attractive building. -- Brent Killackey

Green Party's Brian announces run in 62BHolle Brian, a former city Green Party chair, has announced she will try again to become state representative from District 62B in this fall's election. Brian, a graphic artist, was the Green Party's candidate in 2000, garnering 16 percent of the vote against incumbent DFL Rep. Wes Skoglund.

Then, District 62B was entirely east of 35W; however, after this winter's redistricting, it now covers the Windom neighborhood west of the highway to Harriet Avenue, and from Diamond Lake Road to 58th Street.

Should she become her party's nominee, Brian will face Skoglund or DFL Rep. Jean Wagenius, who was redistricted into 62B. The two DFLers have said they will abide by party delegates' endorsement at a spring party convention, but if neither receives it, they will face off in the Sept. 10 primary. -- David Brauer

Tentative redistricting plan released The Minneapolis Redistricting Commission has approved a tentative plan for ward boundaries (see map below).

A public hearing on the plan was scheduled for April 11, with a final plan scheduled for approval by the commission on April 12.

The Minneapolis City Council must approve a plan by April 30, although the last scheduled council meeting is April 19. -- Brent Killackey