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 -- The Minnesota State Lottery director resigned Friday, a day after a newspaper reporter questioned him about expenses he charged the state. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Ed Van Petten submitted his resignation to Gov. Mark Dayton's chief of staff. Dayton's office indicated it immediately will launch a search to replace Van Petten.
ST. PAUL -- About 600 Minnesota Iron Range workers will not know until after the holidays if their unemployment benefits will be extended. Black Minnesotans will not know if the state Legislature can begin working on their economic plight. People who want to fly or enter federal buildings will not know if their state identification cards, mostly driver's licenses, will be updated to meet federal rules.
ST. PAUL — Legislation to regulate video taken with police body cameras may make them so costly that small communities will not be able to afford them.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants the state and the federal governments to spend nearly $800 million to improve water quality by taking 100,000 acres out of crop production in western and southern Minnesota. Half of the land would become vegetated buffers between crops and bodies of water, with other land targeted to be restored as wetlands and returned to permanent vegetation.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton appointed his office's chief lawyer to run Minnesota government's largest agency. Emily Johnson Piper takes the commissioner's post at the Human Services Department next week, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith announced Monday.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's $1.9 billion budget surplus is in demand. It could go to transportation, tax cuts, early-childhood education, broadband, transportation, northern Minnesota's miners, Local Government Aid, transportation, health-care programs, racial disparities, transportation, sex offender treatment or any of a number of other issues. Transportation was, by far, the most-discussed topic after state officials Thursday announced the surplus.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Black Lives Matter Minneapolis leaders promise to continue their protest of a young black man's shooting by police even after their police station encampment was forcibly ended. Police early Thursday cleared out demonstrators who had occupied area around a North Minneapolis police station for 18 days.
ST. PAUL -- Severe pain soon will be a reason Minnesotans may use medical marijuana, something supporters say will reduce the need for powerful and often-dangerous prescription medicines. State Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger Wednesday announced he will add intractable pain to nine specific conditions that qualify for using pills, vapors and oil made from the marijuana plant. Smoking it is not allowed under state law.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Five people were shot and injured late Monday near the Minneapolis police 4th Precinct, where protesters of a young black man's shooting have camped out for more than a week. Protesters at the encampment called the shooters white supremacists. Police said the injuries did not appear life threatening.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Tensions rose Wednesday as investigations continue into the police shooting of an unarmed 24-year-old black man. Protesters threw rocks and other objects at police as officers moved some out of the Minneapolis Police Department 4th Precinct vestibule and others away from the building in what the police chief said was an effort to open up a path to give other citizens access to the precinct.