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 -- Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders met for more than two hours about a Minnesota Vikings football stadium this morning, emerging with no agreements. "All I can say is, 'Stay tuned,'" Dayton said during a brief news conference. Democrat Dayton met with Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, who said they discussed potential funding for a $1.1 billion stadium and took a closer look at three downtown Minneapolis sites Mayor R.T. Rybak wants considered for a stadium.
ST. PAUL -- Finding money to fund a $1.1 billion Minnesota Vikings football stadium is proving more elusive than plugging a $5 billion state budget deficit. Since stadium discussion began early this year, carried over from previous Vikings' stadium efforts, no funding idea has gained widespread support. In comparison, the budget was fixed in July. Stadium funding roadblocks come from all sides: A coalition of legislators ranging from the most conservative to the most liberal say they cannot support using any gambling money for new stadium.
ST. PAUL -- A coalition of legislators ranging from the most conservative to the most liberal say that using gambling funds to finance a new Vikings football stadium is a sure bet to do the state more harm than good. Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials hope a $100 million investment they are making in banks will end up in the hands of small business owners. That could result in more jobs across the state. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Republicans want new political boundaries drawn to avoid splitting cities and counties, but Democrats say that judges who have accepted the task of producing new congressional and legislative district maps should emphasize keeping people with similar interests together. It is a wonky, technical debate, but one that could determine who represents Minnesotans for the next decade.
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 -- 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 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 -- 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 -- 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.