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 -- Health care for Minnesotans with chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, kidney failure and heart disease costs eight times more than for people without them. "This report shows the significant financial toll chronic disease is taking on individuals, our communities and our state," Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger said Tuesday after release of a first-of-its-kind report. "We cannot afford to treat our way out of this crisis.
Monday's weather radar showed a gradual winter storm advance into Minnesota and Wisconsin, with heavy snow predicted for much of the southeastern two-thirds of Minnesota and nearly all of Wisconsin before the storm ends Tuesday. It was the most widespread storm in the region this season. As the snow spread north into Minnesota on Monday, it produced a bevy of crashes and spinouts through the evening, though none was serious, the State Patrol said. The State Patrol reported 88 crashes statewide from 1 p.m. to just before 9 p.m.
MAPLEWOOD — Minnesotans understand little about sex trafficking in their state, experts in the field said Thursday, Oct.
Former radio talk show host Jason Lewis filed Federal Election Commission paperwork indicating that he is a candidate for the 2nd Congressional District race. He listed his home as Woodbury, just outside of the district, and his campaign headquarters as Cottage Grove, just inside the district.
ST. PAUL -- This year's negotiations to end the Minnesota legislative session could be called different, unusual, strange or, even, weird. Of course, one difference -- although far from unique -- is they did not produce a budget before the May 18 constitutional end of the session. That aside, the process was, er, uncommon. One example is that fewer leaders than normal were taking a direct part in talks.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators defeated by a single vote the spotlight bill of today's special legislative session, raising the possibility of a second special session. On a 33-32 vote, the agriculture-environment funding legislation lost as other budget bills were being passed in an effort to finish the state's $42 billion, two-year budget. The bill needed 34 to pass.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature went into a historic special session this morning, the first time the House and Senate have met outside of the Capitol building in more than a century. After weeks of preparations, two House committee rooms in the State Office Building became makeshift legislative chambers as the Capitol building is closed to everyone but construction workers as part of a multi-year $300 million renovation.
ST. PAUL -- Legislation funding agriculture and environmental programs may be in danger during a Friday special legislative session being called to finish writing the Minnesota state budget. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, late Thursday said he did not know if there will be enough votes to pass the measure funding a wide variety of programs ranging from state parks to helping farmers whose flocks were infected with avian flu.
ST. PAUL -- Here is a look at what Minnesota legislators are expected to consider during a special session to finish passing a two-year, $42 billion state budget: Education About $17 billion will be spent for early childhood-through-high school education. While Gov. Mark Dayton did not get his universal 4-year-old education plan enacted, the Legislature plans to provide more money for early childhood education.
ST. PAUL -- The owner of Minnesota's nuclear power plants has no plans to build a new one, but wants flexibility to do it if needed. A state law bans nuclear plant construction. It is time to give Minnesota utilities the ability to consider a new nuclear plant, said Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, sponsor of a bill to overturn Minnesota's nuclear power plant moratorium. "We appreciate the solid base of energy it provides," she said about nuclear power. Nuclear plants near Red Wing and Monticello provide a significant amount of Minnesota's electrical power.