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 -- Minnesota State Trooper Travis Pearson followed a car driven by a shooting incident suspect down a tree-lined rural St. Louis County driveway, with his nearest law enforcement backup several minutes away. Donnie Joe Lira stopped his Chevrolet Cavalier, then stepped out of the car, rifle in hand. After Pearson's repeated demand that Lira drop the gun, Lira raised the rifle and aimed it at Pearson.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is trying to get federal assistance to recover from Thursday's deadly storms. Gov. Tim Pawlenty's emergency officials asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a preliminary damage assessment, which could lead to federal aid in Faribault, Freeborn, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Polk, Steele and Wadena counties. The FEMA assessment would determine whether the state could ask President Barack Obama to declare the storm-affected counties federal disaster areas.
ST. PAUL -- They come from different backgrounds: a bureaucrat, a state senator, a television personality. Still, they share a goal of playing backup to Minnesota's governor. Voters likely will hear little about the trio of Democratic-Farmer-Labor lieutenant governor candidates before the Aug.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty must be a serious presidential candidate: The first book about him is out. "Governor Tim Pawlenty: The Sam's Club Republican" is for sale at Amazon.com. The $9.95 book written by a man who bills himself as a New Hampshire political analyst is 100 pages long and a news release about it says it tells "the story of Pawlenty's humble beginnings in South St. Paul, his action-packed political campaigns and his accomplished tenures in the Minnesota House and governor's office." Author J.A.
ST. PAUL -- Some Minnesota legislators entered 2010 with hopes of redesigning state and local government, with an eye on efficiency. Nearly halfway through the year, they have some councils, boards and the like looking into the issue, but still are looking for the redesign. In light of a state budget deficit some predict will be north of $5 billion next year, those dreams take on a new importance. A more efficient government, most say, means more bang for each tax dollar. "In my mind, I think this is the light at the end of the tunnel," Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Larry Shellito returned from Vietnam in the early 1970s to a country that did not welcome soldiers. That experience led to his promotion of what on Wednesday he called "the nation's leading Yellow Ribbon program." Shellito announced Wednesday that he will leave after seven years as head of the Minnesota National Guard.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's newest park is a reality, and visitors may be able to make limited use of it later this year. Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed an agreement this morning to pay U.S. Steel $18 million for 3,000 acres along Lake Vermilion in northeastern Minnesota. Joining Pawlenty at the signing was Vice President John Goodish of U.S.
ST. PAUL -- A governor's veto means Minnesota landowners will not be paid to allow hunters on their property. Also, anglers will not be allowed to use two lines to fish and spearing northern pikes in Cass Lake will not be allowed. And controversial walleye regulations for a lake where an influential state senator has a cabin will not happen.Those and other proposed game and fish provisions will remain off the books after Gov.