Gauthier exits race; Tentative St. Cloud teacher raise; Rochester boom

Gauthier reverses earlier decision; will not run for re-election

"A once-safe DFL seat in the Minnesota House is now a wide open contest following a roller-coaster series of events Wednesday," MPR News.

St. Cloud teachers reach deal with school district

"Teachers in the St. Cloud school district will see their first salary increase since 2009, according to the tentative contract agreement reached today that provides a 1 percent pay raise in 2012-13," St Cloud Times.

West Nile virus cases on the rise in Minnesota

"The Minnesota Department of Health says the number of human cases of West Nile virus in the state this year has increased to 27, up from 20 on Monday," MPR News.

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Minnesota delegates hold the line, back Ron Paul in Tampa

Patch: "Tiana Wells, a Dundas resident who is an alternate delegate for the RNC, says her support is strongly behind Paul."

Willmar, Minn., mayor expresses support for voter ID measure

"We need a photo ID to cash a check and drive a car. Nobody makes a fuss about this,'' Willmar Mayor Frank Yanish told reporters, (West Central Tribune).

Economic boom in Rochester

"The Minnesota WorkForce Center in Rochester says more jobs are available in retail, technology or health care. With higher employment comes the demand for housing," KTTC.

Pawlenty gets prime time slot at RNC

"Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty will give a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention next Wednesday night in Tampa," Pioneer Press.