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 -- A Willmar company runs the first private business innovation center of its kind in the country. A Duluth firm based in Canal Park, near Lake Superior, is nearly ready to ship an electronic device designed to help people who do not speak English obtain better medical care. They are two examples nearly 800 Minnesotans saw Tuesday as they looked for encouraging news about the state's economic future. They discussed ideas about how to add jobs in Minnesota at a job summit Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minneapolis is trying to wiggle back into the stadium debate. After meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday, the mayor and City Council president of Minnesota's largest city said they are prepared to deliver their own Vikings football stadium plans to Gov Mark Dayton this week. Mayor R.T.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota politicians started 2011 talking about jobs, talk that faded during the contentious budget-dominated legislative session but is resurfacing as they look toward a new year. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minneapolis leaders made a bid this morning to be included in Minnesota Vikings stadium discussion, and Gov. Mark Dayton said any of four major legislative leaders could veto a special legislative session he plans to call for Nov. 21. Also, as his self-imposed Nov.
ST. PAUL -- A conservative representative and liberal senator who seldom agree on political issues want to give the Minnesota Vikings football team the Metrodome if the team agrees to stay in the state 25 years. Rep. Linda Runbeck, R-Circle Pines, and Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Workers removed chunks of marble from the Minnesota Capitol exterior in recent weeks, meaning scaffolding protecting visitors from falling debris has been coming down. But work will continue on the 106-year-old iconic building. A report on the status of the outside marble is due soon, complete with estimates of what further work would cost and how soon it should be done.
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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton gives himself a Nov. 7 deadline for releasing a Vikings football stadium construction plan, but only if others get him information on time. "I am still in a listening mode," Dayton said Wednesday, adding that he has asked the Vikings and others to deliver the information he needs in order to draw up "a more specific proposal." Nov.
ST. PAUL -- The new Minnesota State Colleges and Universities leader promised Wednesday to continue serving students despite what he called "the darkest cloud on the educational sky." Chancellor Steven Rosenstone used a speech during his installation to both encourage the higher education community and warn of problems, especially funding woes. He became MnSCU's fourth chancellor during a state Capitol ceremony, attended by a few hundred education and political leaders.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants the Minnesota Vikings, Ramsey County and others to provide him enough information so that he can release a Vikings stadium proposal on Nov. 7. That would be two weeks before he plans a special legislative session to vote on a stadium plan. Dayton hosted a trio of meetings today after other meetings earlier in the week to move the stadium proposal forward. He emphasized again today that he thinks it is "a very real possibility" that the Vikings will move to Los Angeles or elsewhere if they do not get a new stadium deal done by the Feb.