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 -- Minnesotans will gather at the state Capitol Sept. 11 to remember terrorist attacks 10 years ago and to prove people from diverse backgrounds can work together. Immediately after the attacks, most in the country felt "we are all together, we are all Americans," said Gail Anderson, chairwoman of a committee organizing the Minnesotans Standing Together event. "That is what we want to recapture." If the very diverse religious community can come together to plan such a service, the overall community should be able to work together, too, Anderson said. The event will be at 1 p.m.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's senior congressman fears the Obama administration has fired a shot over the ethanol industry's bow in seeking a home-grown fuel for the Navy. "I think that is a big a problem," said U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, who serves most of western Minnesota.
Minnesota parents who teach their children at home feel like they have received a promotion. "The state is recognizing the validity of home education," Lorna Cook of Willmar said of a new law that frees homeschoolers from most of the bureaucracy of old laws.
ST. PAUL -- An effort to improve young Minnesotans' reading abilities was buried by this year's Capitol budget fight, but reading experts say the plan is important for students' futures. Gov.
President Obama headed into Republican-leaning territory Monday for what Washington observers called his first re-election campaign stop, asking 500 Minnesotans in a tranquil park along a quiet stream to tell their GOP representatives to compromise. The Democratic president basically said that if Republicans would see things his way, Washington would run much smoother. "What is needed is action on the part of Congress, a willingness to put the partisan games aside and say, 'We're going to do what's right for the country, not what we think is going to score some political points for the next
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Update 11:30 a.m.: LIVE STREAM: Minnesotans await President Obama in Cannon Falls park
ST. PAUL -- Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty ended his White House dream Sunday after a third-place finish in an Iowa straw poll. Pawlenty said he would not continue his campaign, telling ABC's "This Week" that "I wish it would have been different, but the pathway forward doesn't exist for me." He probably can blame a fellow Minnesotan for leaving the race. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota won the poll, far ahead of Pawlenty.