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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By Don Davis / Forum News Service ST. PAUL -- A state Senate committee decided more information is needed about Minnesota's 2-year-old wolf hunt, so voted Tuesday to suspend the hunt.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators opened their 2014 session today battling the polar vortex. With the session starting at noon, the House plans to provide a $20 million boost to Minnesotans struggling to pay heating costs this winter.
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. “With the death of Joan Mondale, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party lost a friend and the arts community a passionate advocate,” DFL Chairman Ken Martin said.
By Don Davis Being a vital cog in passing a major U.S. House bill generally is an exhilarating experience. But for U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, passing the farm bill may have been less excitement and more relief. “Today, after nearly four years of work, the House is finally considering the 2014 Farm Bill conference report,” the western Minnesota Democrat said as debate opened on the bill Wednesday. “It’s been a challenging and, at times, frustrating process.
By Don Davis / Forum Capitol Bureau . PAUL — Millions of Midwesterners face the threat of not being able to buy enough propane to heat their homes and businesses at a time when the country has more of the fuel than ever. The propane just is not where it needs to be, the Propane Education and Research Council reported Thursday. Also Thursday, Upper Midwest propane users got a couple sparks of good news. First, Texas Gov.
Don Davis Forum News Service BLOOMINGTON — Minnesotans living in a quarter-million rural homes depend on propane for heat, but soaring prices and shortages that experts predict will get worse are sending chills down their backs. Businesses and farmers are in the same situation, as are businesses that sell the fuel. Gov.
ST. PAUL – Opinions remain sharply divided about whether Minnesota should allow wolf hunts, and Tuesday night a state lawmaker also questioned whether state officials are doing a good job of managing wolves. Rep.
St. PETER, Minn. -- A man with a criminal history on the Red Lake Indian Reservation and in Bemidji is in jail after the death Wednesday night of a fellow state hospital patient. Darnell Dee Whitefeather, 31, was taken to the Nicollet County Jail after Michael Douglas, 41, of Blue Earth County, died in his room of the Minnesota State Security Hospital in St.
ST. PAUL -- A Costa Rican vacation gave MNsure's executive director a permanent break from her job. April Todd-Malmlov handed her resignation to the MNsure board Tuesday night after publicity about the trip she and another state official took before Thanksgiving. The trip came at a time when her agency was entering the final few weeks that Minnesotans could buy health insurance so it is effective Jan. 1. The vacation was just one of several problems Todd-Malmlov faced in recent weeks. MNsure computer problems since the program launched Oct.
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. If taxes go up, local governments may see less state aid in the future.