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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NORTH OAKS, Minn. -- John W. Vessey Jr. started at the bottom in the Minnesota National Guard and rose to become the country's top military officer. The Minneapolis native died at 94 of natural causes Thursday night, surrounded by family at his North Oaks home in the northern Twin Cities.
ST. PAUL -- Erica Bodell still cannot talk without crying about an accident that injured her three children, but said it is important to urge people not to drink and drive. "We could all have easily died that day," Bodell said Thursday as she joined the Minnesota Public Safety Department in urging drivers not to drink. "Someone else's choice to drink and drive changed my life."
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans will not get tax cuts and will not see road and other public construction projects begin after the governor and legislative leaders failed to agree on a special session agenda. "I've concluded ... I am not going to call a special session," Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday afternoon following a negotiations session that produced no agreement on a divisive Twin Cities light rail construction proposal.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. -- Bruce Tiffany stood along a county ditch, corn well over shoulder high on each side. It was a clear summer late afternoon, with a hot breeze blowing, and Tiffany pointed to the 60 feet of grass separating the ditch from his corn field. "Every generation has to leave something for the next to work with," Tiffany said of why he devotes so much land to protecting water from cropland runoff.
ST. PAUL -- Turnout in Tuesday's Minnesota primary election likely will be spotty, as there are relatively few contests this year. The only statewide race will pare three Supreme Court candidates down to two, although six U.S. House primary races are on the ballot along with contests for 28 of the 201 legislative seats. Statewide officials such as governor and attorney general are not up for election in 2016. And neither U.S. senator is on the ballot.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota taxpayers will fund free pre-kindergarten for 3,302 4-year-olds this fall, a far cry from what Gov. Mark Dayton would like. Dayton and state education officials on...
ST. PAUL -- Local government officials across Minnesota need to know if a special legislative session will be called to pass a tax bill. They are nearing a deadline to plan for money the bill would provide them, but Friday is the earliest state leaders will meet about the issue.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. -- The numbers needed to describe video boards in the new U.S. Bank Stadium are impressive: The biggest scoreboard, for instance, is 68 feet tall and 120 feet wide. More than 19 light emitting diode displays are in or just outside the stadium, providing nearly 31,000 square feet of video boards. But Amy Barnes, and nearly 200 others who built the video boards in Redwood Falls, summarize all of those figures into one easy-to-understand word: pride.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans may be the best at turning out for general elections, but they have voted in shrinking numbers in primary elections. And there is not much on the Aug. 9 primary ballot to drive those numbers higher. That is too bad, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said. "A primary election, obviously, determines which candidates are going to appear on a general election ballot," Simon said.
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.