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 -- Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem walked across the front of the Minnesota Senate chamber today, pausing at a desk decorated with flowers and a photo of Sen. Gary Kubly. "He was a great guy," Senjem said about the Granite Falls lawmaker who died Friday. "We will really miss him." The desk is where Kubly sat this year, as Lou Gehrig's disease drained his energy. Senjem, a Rochester Republican, said senators respected Democrat Kubly.
ST. PAUL -- One of the old-style Minnesota state senators, not into partisan bickering, has died. Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, died in a St. Paul hospital Friday after suffering a medical problem Wednesday morning.
ST. PAUL -- Smiles surrounding a Minnesota Vikings stadium announcement seemed to indicate victory, but in reality they represented something else: a beginning. "Now, the real work begins, persuading a majority of the Minneapolis City Council and the Minnesota Legislature to approve this agreement," Gov.
Update 10:25 a.m.: ST. PAUL -- Gov.
Sen. Gary Kubly was in critical condition late Wednesday, suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. "Sen. Kubly had a medical crisis this morning and currently is in critical condition in Regions Hospital," Senate Democratic spokesman Amos Briggs said Wednesday night. A chaplain opened the Wednesday night House session praying for Kubly, who himself is a minister.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's state government budget is a bit brighter than expected. Several sources this morning reported the state will have $323 million more in the current two-year budget than predicted in a November budget forecast. The official announcement was to come later in the morning, with Gov.