Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
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ST. PAUL — Local emergency responders say they want the state’s help handling safety concerns as crude oil travels on railroads, highways and pipelines through their communities, but the Legislature...
ST. PAUL — Nursing homes and other care facilities will get more state money than they have seen in years. Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, said the budget plan lawmakers approved last week includes "the largest state investment in the nursing home industry in well over a decade." But others say it is not enough for the organizations. "This is going to let them limp along for a while, but this is not what we should be doing," Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, argued. The Senate approved the health and human services budget 39-28 Saturday, after the House voted 73-61 late Friday.
ST. PAUL — The future of a public works borrowing bill to fund state Capitol work, roads and bridges and other projects is in question after it failed in the Minnesota House. Representatives voted 76-56 Friday on a bill to sell bonds to fund public works projects, five votes short of the 81 needed to pass. "This is nothing short of tragic," bill author Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, said after the vote.
ST. PAUL — Ten Minnesota lawmakers must decide exactly how to raise about $2 billion for the state, and they have plenty of work to do before the Legislature adjourns Monday. The joint House and Senate tax committee has a self-imposed Friday deadline to determine key pieces of the tax plan such as a cigarette tax increase amount, property tax relief and the new income tax rate on top earners.
ST. PAUL – Hundreds of people on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate stood side by side throughout the Minnesota Capitol waiting for the House’s decision Thursday. They found themselves next to people with opposite opinions on the controversial issue as they crowded around televisions showing the debate and packed the second floor outside the House chamber. But they found ways to get along. “Everybody’s been friendly,” gay marriage supporter Charlie Nollin of Duluth said. “It is interesting that both sides are mixed together here.
ST. PAUL – A man law enforcement officials say was plotting a terror attack in Montevideo will stay in federal custody while more information is gathered. Buford “Bucky” Rogers, 24, has been charged with one count of felony possession of a firearm. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said his arrest potentially stopped an attack in the city. The hearing was continued Wednesday at the request of Rogers’ attorney Andrew Mohring. Mohring told U.S. Magistrate Jeanne Graham that authorities have released false information about Rogers.
ROSEVILLE — The state Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case both sides say could have a significant impact on public data access. The case came before Minnesota’s highest court more than two years after Timberjay newspapers of Tower requested the details of a subcontract Johnson Controls had with Architectural Resources for construction work on St.
ST. PAUL — The public often sees lawmakers fight, debate and disagree. But new Minnesota legislators say people might not be getting the whole picture. "I think people would be surprised how much we get along," Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, said. "We are like everyone else.
ST. PAUL — Maple Lawn Nursing Home administrator Arlan Swanson said his organization is the biggest employer in Fulda, but he says his staff is struggling because he cannot give them raises after years of cuts and freezes in state funding. “I’m really proud of my staff,” Swanson said Thursday.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota senators approved a plan that supporters say would bring the dream of attending college closer to reality for students like Deisy Rivera. "It will help me a lot," the 16-year-old Red Wing resident said. Minnesota senators passed a bill 41-23 Wednesday to allow undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at public colleges, such as the University of Minnesota and those in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, and apply for state financial aid. Bill sponsor Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St.