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 — 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.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota representatives responded to avian flu Monday by seeking more money to fight the growing outbreak and giving farmers assistance. On the day that state officials announced that more than 5 million birds have died or will be euthanized due to the flu, the House accepted proposals to increase flu spending as part of an overall agriculture funding bill. The House passed the overall bill by Rep.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency Thursday as the number of poultry dead from an avian flu outbreak edges toward 3 million. It is the first Minnesota agriculture emergency declaration state officials could recall, including Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, who has been involved in agriculture policy for decades.
ST. PAUL — A third of firefighters, law enforcement officers and others who protect 326,170 Minnesotans living near oil train routes have received initial training about how to deal with...
ST. PAUL — Operators of large livestock production operations say they face uncertainty because of potential unfounded nuisance lawsuits, but Aimee Goodwin claims her family was harmed by an unresponsive hog-raising neighbor and lawsuits should be allowed. After a debate between feedlot and animal confinement supporters and opponents, a Minnesota House committee Tuesday approved 6-4 a bill that would forbid many nuisance lawsuits against large livestock operations. A similar law reducing the risk of small farmers facing lawsuits has been on the books since 1982, bill sponsor Rep.
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton produced 607 reasons why he thinks Minnesota should raise and spend $6 billion over 10 years to upgrade the state's roads and bridges. On Tuesday, he released a list of 607 projects across the state that he said would not be built if his proposal is rejected. The proposal includes two projects in Stevens County — the bridge on Highway 329 over the Pomme de Terre River going out to the West Central Research and Outreach Center and a 19 mile road project on Highway 28 from Morris to Starbuck.