Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL — An abandoned western Minnesota prison became a viable option to house state prisoners Wednesday when two Democratic senators said that leasing space in it makes more sense than new construction. "I felt today there are legs under our proposal," Swift County Commissioner Gary Hendrickx said after a prison overcrowding task force meeting. Several members of the task force said that they want to investigate leasing a private Appleton prison that closed in 2010 after Minnesota and others removed their prisoners. Minnesota Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy, a Gov.
ST. PAUL – Finding gasoline mixed with higher percentages of ethanol soon will be easier for Upper Midwest motorists. A federal grant is due to help fund 620 new "blender...
ST. PAUL — Thousands of poor Minnesota families begin getting more state aid Wednesday as the new state budget begins. The $42 billion, two-year overall state budget provides more housing assistance, as well as lower child care costs. "Too many children are living in poverty without proper housing and other basics," Assistant Commissioner Jim Koppel of the Human Services Department said.
ST. PAUL — It has been a week since the Minnesota Legislature went into overtime and finished passing the state budget, but talk about how lawmakers treated greater Minnesota is far from finished. So far, the grade is mixed.
ST. PAUL – Gov. Mark Dayton gave up his last major must-do item for a special Minnesota legislative session, setting up the possibility that lawmakers can pass the rest of...
ST. PAUL - Minnesota budget negotiators plodded along Thursday, reaching no overall agreement that would allow the governor to schedule a special legislative session to finish passing the state budget...
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans read their newspapers, watch television, listen to radio and follow social media to get updates about state budget talks, but the average news consumer has little idea about how that information reaches them. Or how much more information does not. The story is a hurry-up-and-wait tale of politicians vs. the media, this year with a twist of fancy digs, rain and sunburn. Here is how it typically works: The governor invites legislative leaders into his office (his home this year, but more on that later) to discuss how to work out the state's two-year budget.
ST. PAUL – Farmers who worry that the federal government wants to regulate mud puddles on their land are examining a 297-page rule the Obama administration released Wednesday. The new...
ST. PAUL – A special session over education funding and the failure of the three main legislative forces' priorities face Minnesota legislators when midnight arrives Monday. Lawmakers made good progress...
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — More than 3,000 Minnesota 4-H members, including about 25 in Stevens County, who planned to show birds at county fairs face a new lesson this year. "Sometimes you realize that life isn't fair," state 4-H official Brad Rugg said Friday as the Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced it is ordering that all bird shows across the state be canceled this year. Kristin Koch, 4-H program coordinator for Stevens County, said about 25 local students competing in poultry categories will be affected by this decision.