Glen A. Taylor is an American billionaire businessman, the majority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA basketball team, owner of the Minnesota Lynx WNBA basketball team, owner of the Star Tribune, a former member of the Minnesota Senate. Taylor has been ranked No. 149 on the Forbes 400 and his company No. 254 on Forbes ranking of private United States corporations. In 2015, his net worth was reported by Forbes to be $1.86 billion. Taylor was born in Springfield and grew up on a farm in Comfrey, Minnesota, he graduated from Comfrey High School in 1959, received a bachelor of science in mathematics and social studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato, in 1962. In 1978 he received an executive MBA from Harvard Business School. During and after college, Taylor worked at Carlson Wedding Service, a Mankato print shop specializing in formal invitations. In 1975, company owner Bill Carlson wanted to retire, Taylor offered to pay $2 million over the course of 10 years for the company; the purchase formed the basis for the Taylor Corporation, a held multinational printing and electronics company with more than 15,000 employees and based in North Mankato, Minnesota.
Taylor continues to serve as chairman and CEO. Taylor was a Republican Minnesota State Senator from 1981 to 1990, serving as assistant minority leader from 1983 to 1985 and Minority Leader from 1985 to 1988, he considered himself a member of the party's moderate wing. Taylor purchased majority ownership of the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA basketball team in 1994 and purchased the Minnesota Lynx WNBA basketball team in 1999. Taylor was in talks to buy the Minnesota Twins but nothing came of it. In 2000, he was banned for nearly a year for signing Joe Smith to a secret contract in violation of the league's salary cap rules. Before Donald Sterling, Glen Taylor was the only NBA owner to be suspended for more than a couple of games. In 2005, he was rumored to be a possible buyer for the Minnesota Vikings, but was outbid by Zygi Wilf. In 2017, Taylor purchased the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League and renamed the team the Iowa Wolves as the developmental affiliate of the Timberwolves, he is a past chairman of the board of governors for the NBA serving two terms.
In 2014, he purchased the Star Tribune for about $100 million. He told MinnPost that the famously liberal Star Tribune would be decidedly less liberal under his watch, but noted that the paper had been shifting more to the center in recent years. Biography on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities website Listing on 2007 Forbes 400
Minnesota State Capitol
The Minnesota State Capitol is the seat of government for the U. S. state of Minnesota, in its capital city of Saint Paul. It houses the Minnesota Senate, Minnesota House of Representatives, the office of the Attorney General and the office of the Governor; the building includes a chamber for the Minnesota Supreme Court, although court activities take place in the neighboring Minnesota Judicial Center. The building is set in a landscaped campus. Various monuments are to its sides and front. Behind, a bridge spans University Avenue, in front others were added over the sunken roadway of Interstate 94, thus preserving the sight lines. Set near the crest of a hill, from the Capitol steps a panoramic view of downtown Saint Paul is presented; the building was built by Butler-Ryan Construction and designed by Cass Gilbert and modeled after Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome—the unsupported marble dome is the second largest in the world, after Saint Peter's. However, like all capitols with domes in the US it is inspired by the idea of domed capitols originating with the United States Capitol dome.
Work began on the capitol in 1896, its corner-stone laid July 27, 1898, construction was completed in 1905. It is the third building to serve this purpose: the first capitol was destroyed by fire in 1881, the second was completed in 1883, but was considered to be too small immediately. Above the southern entrance to the building is a gilded quadriga called The Progress of the State, sculpted by Daniel Chester French and Edward Clark Potter, it was completed and raised to the roof of the capitol in 1906. The four horses represent the power of nature: earth, wind and water; the women leading the horses symbolize civilization, the man on the chariot represents prosperity. In 1994 and 1995, the statues underwent a restoration procedure which included replacing the gold leaf on the figures. A sphere perched above the capitol dome had similar treatment. Any classical dome built since Michelangelo's must expect to be compared to it, Gilbert's dome is a frank homage, with interesting differences, his drawings show that he planned a wider drum and, correspondingly, a more massive dome.
The smaller dome as built is smaller than St. Peter's and has a simplified design: single columns round the upper lantern instead of double ones, for instance; the ribs on the capitol dome are less pronounced than those on St. Peter's, but they are still visually apparent. Gilbert knew that St. Peter's dome was on the edge of being unstable: it had cracked and had to be reinforced, his engineer for this project, Gunvald Aus, bound the brick dome in reinforcing steel bands, Gilbert crowned the paired columns round the drum with additional stone. Other than St. Peter's, additional buildings with marble domes include the Taj Mahal in India, the Rhode Island State House in the city of Providence; the central block under the dome needed three entrances, Gilbert avoided creating visual references to a triumphal arch, which would have been inappropriate in its position. He managed to avoid any reference to a palace block that would have been offensive to Minnesotans. However, Gilbert drew ire for choosing stone from Georgia rather than native Minnesota stone.
A compromise was made where the base of the building and interior spaces used varieties of native stone, including Kasota stone, the rare Minnesota Pipestone used by Native Americans for their peace pipes. Upon completion, the exterior and interior of the building drew praise, leading to requests for Gilbert to design capitol buildings for other states such as West Virginia and Arkansas and other notable structures; the capitol cost US$4.5 million at the beginning of the 20th century. It opened its doors to the public for the first time on January 2, 1905. A hundred years the building's estimated value was $400 million. Most days of the week the building is open for individual visits, organized tours are given, including a stair climb to the roof behind the Quadriga. Upon entering the building by the south door, one is below the central dome. A large star, symbolizing Minnesota's motto, "The Star of the North", is directly beneath the apex. Various portraits of state governors, flags captured by Minnesota's regiments during the American Civil War, are on display.
Paintings showing some of the related battles can be seen in the governor's outer office. Much of the building is open to the public, although one interesting sight is only accessible; this is the cloak room behind the House of Representatives chamber. The walls are painted to simulate a north woods forest, but in one corner is a tiny four leaf clover; this was added by an Irish artist to remember his home island. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972; the Minnesota State Capitol underwent a comprehensive restoration project from 2013 to 2017, the first major renovation since the building first opened. Work began in 2013, with the project estimated at that time to cost $241 million, funded via a series of appropriations made by the Minnesota legislature; the project repaired and modernized deteriorating building systems, restored the building to Cass Gilbert's original architectural vision, increased public meeting space, updated life safety systems and improved accessibility for people with disabilities.
During renovation, more than 30,000 pieces of marble were replaced. The amount of public space in the building was doubled to nearly 40,000 square feet, with a number of new public spaces opened to the public for reservation and use year round; the pro
Paul E. Gazelka is a Minnesota politician and the majority leader of the Minnesota Senate. A Republican, Gazelka represents District 9, which includes communities in Cass, Morrison and Wadena counties in the north central part of the state, he served in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Gazelka attended Roosevelt High School in Minnesota, he attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in business management. He worked in various capacities with State Farm Insurance through the years, including as an agent and field executive. Gazelka has served on the local Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, school board, as a volunteer for Teen Challenge and Habitat for Humanity. Gazelka operates an insurance agency in Baxter, he is an author. Gazelka served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2005 to 2007, where he represented portions of Crow Wing County, including the city of Brainerd. During his term, he served as vice chair of the Commerce and Financial Institutions Committee, in addition to serving on the Jobs and Economic Opportunity Policy Finance Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Commerce and Financial Institutions Subcommittee for the Tourism Division.
Gazelka was defeated for re-election in 2006. Gazelka was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2010, defeating incumbent Republican Senator Paul Koering in an August primary election, his Democratic challenger in the November general election. Following redistricting, Gazelka was placed in Senate District 9, he was re-elected to the Senate in 2012 and 2016. Following the 2016 election, which saw Republicans re-gain a majority in the Senate, Gazelka was elected by his caucus to be majority leader. Gazelka and his wife, live in Nisswa, Minnesota, they have five children. Paul Gazelka at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present Senate Majority Leader Gazelka's official Minnesota Senate Republicans website Official Minnesota Senate website Official campaign website Project Votesmart - Senator Paul Gazelka Profile
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
The University of St. Thomas is a private, Roman Catholic, liberal arts, archdiocesan university located in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1885 as a Catholic seminary, it is named after Thomas Aquinas, the medieval Catholic theologian and philosopher, the patron saint of students. St. Thomas enrolls nearly 10,000 students, making it Minnesota's largest private, non-profit university. Julie Sullivan became its 15th president in 2013. Founded in 1885 by John Ireland, archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, St. Thomas began as an all-male, Catholic seminary. In 1894, the liberal arts program became an independent college through a gift from local railroad tycoon James J. Hill, who provided funds to establish the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity apart from the college. In 1903, the College of St. Thomas established a military program on campus, it was termed a military school by the U. S. War Department in 1906; the school gave out two-year diplomas in commercial and classical programs before awarding its first academic degrees in 1915.
In 1922, military training became optional. From the late 1920s through the mid-1930s, the Holy Cross Fathers, who run the University of Notre Dame, controlled the college's administration; the diocese called. During World War II, St. Thomas served as a training base for naval officers, which kept the school open when men who would have attended college were fighting in the war. After the war, in 1948, the college established "Tom Town" on the eastern end of the lower quadrant, the site to the O'Shaughnessey-Frey Library and O'Shaughnessey Education Center. Tom Town, made of 20 double-dwelling huts, consisted of white, barrack-like housing units for faculty and their families; the units helped to meet housing demand after World War II. In the latter half of the 20th century, St. Thomas started two of its most notable graduate programs: Education in 1950 and Business Administration in 1974; the school became co-educational in 1977 and although women were not allowed to enroll until female students from St. Catherine University took classes at St. Thomas.
Women were present as instructors and administrators on campus but the staff and administration has seen a vast increase in female employment since the move to co-education. In 1990, the College of St. Thomas became the University of St. Thomas and the following year, the university opened the Minneapolis campus. In 2001, St. Thomas reinstated its School of Law at its Minneapolis Campus. U. S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was the speaker at the Grand Opening; the St. Paul campus is home to most undergraduate students; the main campus, built on a farm site once considered "far removed from town", is located where St. Paul's Summit Avenue meets the Mississippi River; the site was farmed by ex-Fort Snelling soldier William Finn, who received the property as a pension settlement after he accidentally shot himself in the hand while on guard duty. The western edge of the campus borders the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park. Summit Avenue, which runs through the middle of the campus, is the country's longest span of Victorian homes.
This tree-lined avenue includes the Governor's Mansion, F. Scott Fitzgerald's townhome, James J. Hill's mansion. In 2005, a new apartment-style residence hall was built on an existing parking lot. McNeely Hall was built the following year, it is a large classroom building for business. A new residential village, more parking ramps, general planning all have been negotiated with the surrounding neighborhood; these developments are expected to begin within the next five years. In early 2012, St. Thomas completed the final stage of its three building expansion on the St. Paul campus; the two main additions that were completed are the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center and the Anderson Student Center. These projects were completed in the summer of January 2012, respectively; the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center has a field house, basketball arena, weight room, swimming pool. The track in the field house is home to the most dominant track team in the MIAC conference. Other St. Thomas sports that use the AARC's facilities have had recent success, including a playoff run for the football team, a national championship for the men's basketball team.
The new Anderson Student Center is home to new food venues as well as entertainment options including a game room and a bowling alley, a coffee shop. An art gallery on the second floor is home to the American Museum of Asmat Art. In fall 1992, the university opened a permanent, 150,000 square feet campus at 1000 LaSalle Ave. in Minneapolis. The first building, named Terrence Murphy Hall in May 2000, is headquarters to the university's Opus College of Business. Artist Mark Balma created one of the largest frescoes in the United States on the arched ceiling of its atrium; the seven-panel, 1,904 square feet fresco was completed in the summer of 1994 and portrays the seven virtues discussed in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas; the Minneapolis campus holds St. Thomas' School of Education, the School of Law, Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. On May 15, 2014, it was announced that the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center was sold to Meridian Behavioral Health, LLC with a plan to convert it to a treatment facility for addiction and behavioral disorders.
The deal closed in August 2014. The deal included th
Thomas M. "Tom" Bakk is a Minnesota politician and the minority leader of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represents District 3, which includes portions of Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of Minnesota. Bakk was born and raised in Cook, where he graduated from Cook High School in 1972, he received an associate degree from Mesabi Community College and a bachelor's degree in business administration and labor relations from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He is a retired union labor official. Bakk represented District 6A in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. Bakk was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006, 2010, 2012, 2016, he has served as the chair of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and has served on the Taxes Committee, which he chaired from 2007 to 2010. He served on the Rules and Administration subcommittees for Committees and Conference Committees.
After the 2010 election, Bakk was elected by his caucus to serve as the minority leader during the 2011–2012 session. He was the first DFLer to serve as minority leader since party identification returned to the Minnesota Legislature in 1973. After the DFL regained a majority in the 2012 election, Bakk was elected by his caucus to serve as majority leader, a position he assumed when the Legislature convened on January 8, 2013. After the DFL lost a majority following the 2016 election, Bakk was elected by his caucus to again serve as minority leader. Bakk campaigned in the 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial election, he led in early fundraising among the DFL candidates, raising $146,000 in 2008. He began 2009 with a little more than $131,000, he ended his campaign in March 2010. Bakk and his wife, who works as a legislative assistant in the Minnesota Senate, have four children. Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2010 Tom Bakk at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present Official Minnesota Senate website
Amy T. Koch is an American politician and the former majority leader of the Minnesota Senate, where she represented portions of Hennepin and Wright counties, she is a regular commentator for Minnesota local media. Koch graduated from Buffalo High School in 1990 and attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota before deciding to join the Air Force in 1992, it was during her time in the military that she met and married Christopher Koch and gave birth to their daughter, Rachel. She studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute in California, before being assigned to the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland, she graduated with honors at all stages of her military training and received the Joint Service Commendation Medal for her contribution to the intelligence community. Koch received an honorable discharge in 1996, she attended St. Cloud State University, to finish her Bachelor's degree, graduated in the spring of 1999. In 2009, she completed an MBA program through Capella University.
Upon receiving her honorable discharge in 1996, Amy returned to Minnesota. She expanded her family's power utility service company over the next few years, she became active in Republican politics. She campaigned for Mary Kiffmeyer when they were first elected office, she is a former Secretary and Vice Chair of the Senate District 19 Leadership Committee and has been a delegate to her BPOU, State conventions. Koch is active in her community, she volunteered as an adult leader for 4-H and served as Vice Chair of the St. Francis Xavier Parish Council as well as Liaison to the Education Advisory Board. A Republican, Koch was first elected to the Senate in a special election held in November, 2005, after Senator Mark Ourada announced his resignation effective December 31, 2005, she was re-elected in the 2010 general elections. She served as an assistant minority leader, was the first woman to serve as Majority Leader, the first Republican to do so since the end of the non-partisan era. In 2011, Minnesota faced a $6.2 billion deficit.
Majority Leader Koch helped integrate twenty new members of her caucus, while negotiating a challenging budget deficit, turned into a surplus. In 2016, Koch began working as a political strategist for Hylden Law in Minneapolis. On December 15, 2011, Koch resigned as the GOP Senate majority leader and announced that she would not seek re-election. Four Republican state senators indicated Koch had an "inappropriate" relationship with the state GOP communications chief Michael Brodkorb. On December 21, Koch apologized for "engaging in a relationship with a Senate staffer," admitted to making "mistakes and errors in judgment," and stated, "It is important that I spend time now focusing on the challenging days ahead as I work through some personal issues."Koch did not seek another term as senator. Koch is a part owner of HBK Properties LLC in Buffalo. In 2013, Koch bought Maple Lake Bowl, a bowling alley just north of her home in Buffalo, MN. Koch owned and operated the bowling alley until she sold it in the summer of 2016.
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Lying in state
Lying in state is the tradition in which the body of a dead official is placed in a state building, either outside or inside a coffin, to allow the public to pay their respects. It traditionally takes place in the principal government building of state, or city. While the practice differs among countries, a viewing in a location other than the principal government building may be referred to as lying in repose. In Canada, official lying in state is a part of a state funeral, an honor reserved for former Governors General and former Prime Ministers, it is held in the Centre Block of Parliament Hill, in the national capital, Ontario. Ex-governors general lie in state in the Senate Chamber while former prime ministers lie in the Hall of Honour. During the period of lying in state, the coffins are flanked at each corner by a Guard of honour, made up of four members drawn from the Canadian Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as members of the Governor General's Foot Guards for former governors general, guards from the parliamentary security forces for former prime ministers.
Guards stand at each corner with heads bowed and weapons inverted with their backs turned towards the casket. Provinces may mount state funerals and have a lying in state for a distinguished former resident. For instance, Maurice Richard, nationally known hockey player, was given a state funeral by the province of Quebec when he died in 2000; this process was repeated for fellow Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau in December 2014. Municipalities may offer civic funerals to prominent deceased former politicians. In North Korea, the body of the late leader Kim Jong-il was displayed in a glass coffin surrounded with red flowers at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang prior to his funeral, which began and ended at the palace. An honor guard armed with AK-47s was present. Jong-il's father Kim Il-sung, the founding president, is on display elsewhere in the palace. In Russia, during the time of the Soviet Union, the state funerals of the most senior political and military leaders, such as Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov, Konstantin Chernenko all followed the same basic outline.
They took place in Moscow, beginning with a public lying in state of the deceased in the House of the Unions, ending with an interment at Red Square. For the lying in state at the House of the Unions, the coffin would be placed on display in the Column Hall, which would be decorated by flowers, numerous red flags and other communist symbols; the mourners, which would be brought in by the thousands, shuffled up a marble staircase beneath chandeliers draped in black gauze. On the stage at the left side of the Column Hall, a full orchestra in black tailcoats played classical music; the deceased's embalmed body, dressed in a black suit, white shirt and a tie, was displayed in an open coffin on a catafalque banked with carnations, red roses and tulips, facing the queue of mourners. A small guard of honour would be in attendance in the background. At the right side of the hall, seats were placed for guests of honour, with the front row reserved for the dead leader's family. On the day of the funeral, a military funeral parade would take place during which the coffin would be conveyed from the House of the Unions to Red Square where burial would take place.
Lenin and Stalin were placed inside the Lenin Mausoleum, while Brezhnev and Chernenko were interred in individual graves in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis. At state funerals in Singapore, the national flag is put on the coffin; the vigil guard may be deployed during the public lying in state of the deceased person at Parliament House. The deployment of the vigil guard is the highest form of respect accorded by the nation to the deceased. Similar to British traditions, the vigil guard is composed of groups of five commissioned officers from the Singapore Armed Forces and Singapore Police Force who stand guard around the clock in shifts of 30 minutes. One of the five officers stands facing outward at each of the four corners of the casket, while the fifth and most senior one stands in front and faces inward, their heads are bowed and their ceremonial swords are inverted. Vigil guards were stationed at the public lying in state of Goh Keng Swee in May 2010, Lee Kuan Yew in March 2015 as well as S R Nathan in August 2016.
Nelson Mandela was the first democratically elected president to lie in state in South Africa. The event took place at the Union Buildings, the same site where he was inaugurated as the President of South Africa on May 10, 1994; the body of Mandela was lying in State for three days, starting on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 and ending Friday, December 13. The body was viewed by thousands of South Africans before it was airlifted to Qunu in the Eastern Cape where Mandela was buried on December 15, 2013. In state and ceremonial funerals in the United Kingdom, the lying-in-state takes place in Westminster Hall; the coffin is placed on a catafalque and is guarded, around the clock, by detachments, each of four men, from the following units: Sovereign's Bodyguard Her Majesty's Bodyguard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms The Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard The Royal Company of Archers, The Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland Household Cavalry The Life Guards The Blues and Royals Foot Guards Grenadier Guards Coldstream Guards Scots Guards Irish Guards Welsh GuardsEach unit mans the guard for a total of six hours, with each detachment standing post for twenty minutes.
The four men stand at weapons inverted. On two occasions, the guard has been mounted by four ma