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 -- The past week was full of big news under the Minnesota Capitol dome, everything from hundreds of workers protesting a proposal that would make joining unions optional to a sex scandal to the sudden stalling of a stadium construction bill. But the most entertaining episode probably was an unannounced appearance by a Minnesota football legend, former Vikings coach Bud Grant, urging lawmakers to raise hunting and fishing license fees to fund programs related to those activities.
ST. PAUL -- A new way to turn corn into fuel prompted a Thursday debate about giving ethanol a continued priority in state law. Representatives of the Luverne, Minn., Agri-Energy plant owned by Colorado-based Gevo said current law forbids their new isobutanol product from being mixed with gasoline like ethanol now is.
ST. PAUL -- A first-term Minnesota legislator who made a bigger splash than most says he is not running again. Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, sent a letter to fellow lawmakers and staff this morning saying he wants to spent more time with his family because "giving my wife and sons the time they deserve has become increasingly difficult." Kriesel entered the House last year already well known to many in the Twin Cities.
ST. PAUL -- A new Vikings stadium remains possible after a Senate committee delayed a construction proposal Wednesday and Gov. Mark Dayton delivered some harsh words about legislative leaders' lack of support. Stadium supporters have lots of work to do if they are to salvage the plan this legislative session. After a decade of discussion and more than a year of intense work on a stadium-funding bill, the proposal stalled in the Senate local government committee after less than two hours of debate Wednesday over several questions.
ST. PAUL -- It is not something heard much around the Legislature: people suggesting fees they pay go up. But Minnesota anglers and hunters did just that Tuesday and the Senate natural resources committees complied, backing a bill that ups fees to replenish a fund running out of money and help fight invasive species.
ST. PAUL -- A Vikings stadium bill finally is in print. Given that the debate about whether to build a stadium to replace the downtown Minneapolis Metrodome has gone on for a decade, that in itself is an accomplishment. But the bill remains a long way from the goal line. "There are lots of ifs in this whole thing yet," House stadium bill author Rep.
ST. PAUL - A decade-long wait ended this afternoon with the release of a bill to build a new Vikings stadium. The 70-page bill basically follows an agreement announced March 1 among state officials, Minneapolis leaders and the Vikings.
ST. PAUL -- Protesters' chants for Rep. Mary Franson to resign Thursday only strengthened her resolve to remain on the job. She offered her third apology for a video that some found offensive to Minnesota's poor. But the Alexandria Republican said, "I have gotten great support. Protesters' actions Thursday "only make me more committed to helping the poor out of poverty," she said. More than a dozen protesters organized by the Welfare Rights Committee jammed a hallway in front of a meeting Franson was to attend in the State Office Building, across from the Capitol.
ST. PAUL -- A former state senator who served southwest Minnesota died Wednesday while on a trip to Morris. Former state Sen. Gary DeCramer, 67, lived in the Twin Cities suburb of Mendota Heights in recent years. When he was in the Senate, from 1983 to 1992, he lived in southwestern Minnesota.
ST. PAUL - A former state senator who served southwest Minnesota died Wednesday while on a trip to Morris. Former state Sen. Gary DeCramer, 67, lived in the Twin Cities suburb of Mendota Heights in recent years. When he was in the Senate, from 1983 to 1992, he lived in southwestern Minnesota.