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Don Davis, Forum News Service, Published February 20 2012

New Minnesota district maps to be released Tuesday afternoon

ST. PAUL - A five-judge Minnesota panel plans to release new congressional and legislative district maps at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The courts earlier had refused to announce a release date, but on Monday said the maps will be available at www.mncourts.gov under a “special redistricting panel” link.

Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea established the judicial panel last year in case the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton did not agree on a redistricting plan. Republicans who controlled the Legislature passed a plan last year, which Dayton vetoed, and there has been no work on a new plan this year.

The courts say the Web site will include:

Redistricting is required by two U.S. Supreme Court cases and a provision in the Minnesota Constitution that require elected officials’ districts to contain the same number of people. New maps are drawn every 10 years following the national census.

Don Davis reports for Forum Communications Co.