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 — 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.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota farmers think part of their property tax bills is unfair, but they probably should not get up their hopes that things will change immediately. Rep. Steve...
ST. PAUL – This Minnesota legislative session is heavy on greater Minnesota topics, but the governor’s budget, which will be the base of whatever two-year spending plan that eventually passes,...
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota nursing home workers can earn more money at Fleet Farm, Dairy Queen and a sugar beet processing plant than helping the elderly, nursing home administrators across...
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota House energy focus may change in 2015. Rep. Pat Garofalo, who will lead a committee dealing with job growth and energy, said that energy programs...
ST. PAUL -- Republicans who will control the Minnesota House the next two years make it abundantly clear they will focus on rural Minnesota when the legislative session starts Jan...
ST. PAUL — Republicans who will control the Minnesota House next year angered Democrats by leaving a strong environmentalist off the environmental committee. House Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, released a list of committee members Thursday night, and the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee list did not include Rep. Jean Wagenius, D-Minneapolis.
ST. PAUL — It probably is no surprise the new Minnesota House Republican leadership team is packed with rural lawmakers. After all, Republicans regained control of the House in last month's elections because of rural wins. Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt of Crown and Majority Leader-elect Joyce Peppin of Rogers announced the leadership team, topped by Rep. Dan Fabian of Roseau as majority whip.
MINNEAPOLIS — Perhaps some rural hospitals could just provide emergency room services, and drop full hospital services. Maybe medical schools could recruit more rural students and government could increase money available to forgive student loans to people who practice in rural areas. And it may be a good idea to stop paying medical providers just for performing medical procedures and, instead, pay them based on their success with patients. Those and other ideas were the beginning of a conversation U.S. Sen.