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 -- Minnesota's minimum wage rises August 1 and several new laws will hit the books. The state's large employers must pay at least $9.50 an hour, while smaller businesses will be required to pay $7.75. Training and youth wages also must be at least $7.75. In 2018, Minnesota minimum wages begin rising annually to match inflation.
ST. PAUL -- A special Minnesota legislative session to approve tax cuts, transportation projects and public works construction could happen in a month, but the governor and key legislators are not quite ready to promise that. After meeting two hours in private, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton; Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook; and House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said they are near a deal to finish work that lawmakers failed to accomplish before their mandatory late-May adjournment date.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota farmers may not need to install as many mandated buffer strips as originally thought, but it still will cost millions of dollars to comply with a new state law. After announcing Tuesday that a new map is available showing where buffers are required, Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr quoted a new Otter Tail County study that showed just 1,000 acres of land will need to be transformed into buffers to slow water pollution.
ST. PAUL -- Protesters remained in front of the Minnesota governor's residence Friday morning, continuing a vigil that began hours after a police officer shot and killed a 32-year-old black man in a Twin Cities suburb. While that gathering was peaceful, St. Paul police reported that early Friday some people left the Summit Avenue site and went a block to Grand Avenue, where they broke windows in an unoccupied police car and damaged a business window.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton promised protesters gathered after a second black man was killed by Twin Cities police in a year that there will be a thorough investigation. "Justice will be served in Minnesota," he told hundreds of people gathered outside his official St. Paul home Thursday morning in the aftermath of a shooting of a 32-year-old black man by police 12 hours earlier.
ST. PAUL -- Antibiotics may have been the wonder drugs of the 20th century, but their improper use now is killing some patients and making others ill. Federal health officials say that misusing antibiotics kills 23,000 Americans and makes another 2 million sick annually. Those figures drew the attention of top Minnesota officials, who Friday announced a five-year program to get antibiotic use under control.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court is set to welcome its first American Indian member, who will give the court its second female majority. Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday announced his appointment of Anne K. McKeig, who has been a Hennepin County district court judge as well as presiding family court judge. A White Earth Nation descendant, McKeig was raised in Federal Dam, a small community southeast of Bemidji. White Earth is in northwestern Minnesota. She has spent a considerable amount of time dealing with American Indian issues, particularly child welfare.
ST. PAUL — Contractors handed the new Minnesota Vikings stadium over to the state Friday, six weeks earlier than planned. Construction of U.S. Bank Stadium is considered “substantially complete,” so main contractor Mortenson Construction gave the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority a large key during the state board’s June meeting. The symbolic handoff means all but some detail work is completed on the $1.1 billion stadium. Mortenson had planned to turn it over July 29.
ST. PAUL -- Contractors handed the new Minnesota Vikings stadium over to the state Friday, six weeks earlier than planned. Construction of U.S. Bank Stadium is considered "substantially complete," so main contractor Mortenson Construction gave the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority a large key during the state board's June meeting. The symbolic handoff means all but some detail work is completed on the $1.1 billion stadium. Mortenson had planned to turn it over July 29.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota overstepped its authority in a 2007 law that restricts buying electricity from North Dakota coal-fired power plants, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The Next Generation Energy Act violates the U.S. Constitution's provision allowing only Congress to regulate commerce among states, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. Wednesday's ruling supports a 2014 lower court decision.