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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MINNEAPOLIS -- Joan Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died Monday at age 83. Her death came a day after the Mondales’ church announced she had entered hospice care.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota State Patrol closed southbound Interstate 94 near Forest Lake this morning as up to 30 cars spun out or were involved in crashes during a heavy snow that made the rush hour more of a slow hour for Twin Cities commuters.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is ramping up its campaign to get the 2018 Super Bowl in the new Vikings stadium at a time when construction has barely begun. "It's our time, it's our moment and we are ready," said Richard Davis, chairman of U.S. Bancorp and one of three leaders of a committee to organize the effort.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court this afternoon tossed out a lawsuit challenging the financing of a new Vikings stadium, averting a situation that Gov. Mark Dayton said could have stopped construction. Justices dismissed the suit that sought to prohibit the state from selling bonds to finance the downtown Minneapolis stadium. Earlier today, Dayton said that if the high court did not rule immediately, that dreams of stadium construct could be “destroyed.”
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants the state to borrow $986 million for construction projects across Minnesota, ranging from renovating a theater in the northeast to continuing a water project in the southwest, from expanding a civic center in the southeast to building a wellness center in the northwest. Two broad categories would use more than half of the money that Dayton today suggested spending.
ST. PAUL -- City of Woodbury officials followed suit after Gov. Mark Dayton closed Minnesota's schools on Monday in anticipation of extreme temperatures. Woodbury's InTouch email system announced that ice rinks and warming houses will be closed Monday "due to the forecasted dangerous weather conditions." The announcement falls in line with Dayton's decision.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton's campaign paid for most of a flight on a state airplane flight to Bemidji and International Falls last year that took the governor and a campaign aide to two campaign events and one official meeting, his office reported on Monday. The Minnesota Jobs Coalition, a conservative group, raised the travel subject Monday when it said it learned a top political aide traveled with the governor.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans buying insurance online through the state's new Web site have more time to purchase health insurance. New MNsure Chief Executive Officer Scott Leitz said today that the new deadline will be Dec. 31, which will give insurance buyers a chance to get policies the day before they become effective.
ST. PAUL -- The St. Paul-Minneapolis Catholic archbishop today removed himself temporarily from public ministry after he was accused of inappropriately touching a boy in 2009. The archdiocese said it learned of the allegations against Archbishop John Nienstedt last weekend. Nienstedt said he asked that the St. Paul police be informed. He is accused of putting his hand on the boy's buttocks.
ST. PAUL -- The future of state aid that many local Minnesota governments depend on may be at stake in the next few weeks as property taxes appeared to be headed up. By mid-December, city, county and other local officials decide how much property tax they will collect. Those decisions come on the heels of the Democratic Legislature and governor sending them large bundles of new money in the name of property tax relief.