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 -- 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.
ST. PAUL -- The most positive description of a high-level Wednesday meeting to set up a Minnesota special legislative session was that it "it was not as productive as I would have liked." Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, also said that "the tone of the speaker's voice" was better than in previous meetings, even though no one could point to any progress made Wednesday.
ST. PAUL -- Transportation funding appears to remain the main hurdle to a special legislative session to fund Minnesota public works projects and fix a tax bill. A meeting of House and Senate public works negotiators Tuesday failed to produce any sign they are closer to agreement than when their regular session ended last month.
ST. PAUL -- A federal appeals court says Jesse Ventura is not entitled to $1.8 million a lower court awarded him over the recounting of a bar fight the former Minnesota governor said never happened. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed part of the judgment of a St. Paul-based federal court and sent the second part of the case back for a new trial. The case was based on a fight scene reported in Chris Kyle's best-selling book "American Sniper" in which Ventura was later identified as starting a bar fight.