The Minnesota House this afternoon (Thurs) by wide margins passed bills to extend unemployment benefits for out-of-work Iron Range miners, plus business tax cut legislation, breaking a logjam that began two-and-a-half weeks ago at the start of the legislative session. Virginia Democrat Jason Metsa thanked his colleagues for their support in passing the bill before the Easter break. Republicans wanted the Iron Range measure and business tax cuts in the same bill to ensure they both become law this session. Democrats wanted separate bills, and the Senate broke the stalemate this morning when it passed the business tax cuts separately and sent them to the House. Governor Dayton says he’ll sign both bills as soon as he receives them.