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—Greater Minnesota has lots at stake in a legislative transportation funding debate. Senate Democrats said March 14 that it is not just about roads and bridges. They said that rural transit also needs more money. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said that last fall he moved his mother into a senior citizen apartment and quickly discovered there is no van or bus service to the regional center of Virginia, Minn. "Let me tell you," Bakk said, "transit is not just a metro issue."
ST. PAUL—Minnesota is almost to the point where key state officials can begin talking about complying with federal identification card standards. The state Senate voted 63-2 last week to lift a 2009 law that prevented Public Safety Department officials from even discussing upgrading Minnesota driver's licenses and other ID cards to meet federal standards. The bill passed last Monday requires state officials to draw up a proposal by March 31 to guide the Legislature in crafting legislation to require that Minnesota driver's licenses be upgraded.
Greater Minnesota has lots at stake in a legislative transportation funding debate. Senate Democrats said March 14 that it is not just about roads and bridges. They said that rural transit also needs more money. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said that last fall he moved his mother into a senior citizen apartment and quickly discovered there is no van or bus service to the regional center of Virginia, Minn. “Let me tell you,” Bakk said, “transit is not just a metro issue.”
ST. PAUL -- Construction workers in hardhats roved around the Minnesota House chamber Tuesday morning, less than an hour before the 2016 session began, conducting last-minute checks on microphones and voting buttons. It was a sign of a House meeting in a construction zone this year. The Rev.
ST. PAUL -- It is out with Diet Coke and in with water for Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton after a short hospitalization blamed on dehydration. With a smile Tuesday, the 69-year-old governor told reporters: "As Mark Twain said, reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated." Dayton, Minnesota's oldest-ever governor, said doctors told him that he suffered from dehydration when he fainted at a Woodbury political gathering last Sunday night.
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.