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. LOUIS PARK -- Amy Klobuchar needed to outfit her apartment when she moved to Washington as a U.S. senator. So the Minnesota Democrat headed to a nearby store "looking for cheap furniture" and bought an assemble-it-yourself "fake antique" cabinet. "It smelled weird" when she removed it from the box, she said. However, it began to become pungent as her first Washington summer began to heat up.
ST. PAUL -- There is a political buzz this fall unlike any ever heard around Minnesota. Fourteen months before the next election, the state's political establishment is talking about the governor's race, talk that started the afternoon of June 2 when Tim Pawlenty announced he would not run for a third term.
ST. PAUL -- National economists say the recession technically is over, but Minnesota economic leaders say workers have not felt an improvement. A report released Thursday showed 10,300 Minnesota jobs disappeared last month, for a total of 120,300 in the past year. The August job loss wiped out a 7,700 job gain reported a month earlier. At the same time, the Department of Employment and Economic Development reported unemployment fell 0.1 percent to 8 percent in August, the second straight month joblessness dropped. The national jobless rate was 9.7 percent.
ST. PAUL -- More than 30 Minnesota schools report significant flu outbreaks, little more than a week after most districts began classes. The outbreak is spotty around the state, with some districts reporting few problems. The same is true for colleges. "Novel H1N1 has continued to cause illness in Minnesota all through the summer, and we have been anticipating a possible second wave of this illness," state Health Commissioner Dr.
ST. PAUL - More than 30 Minnesota schools report significant flu outbreaks, little more than a week after most districts began classes. The flu outbreak is spotty around the state, with some districts reporting few problems. The same is true for colleges. "Novel H1N1 has continued to cause illness in Minnesota all through the summer, and we have been anticipating a possible second wave of this illness," state Health Commissioner Dr. Sanne Magnan said Wednesday.
FALCON HEIGHTS -- The magic ended five days early for Liberty BayBridge and about 120 of her fellow 4-H'ers. A performer in a 4-H arts troupe putting on a show entitled "Magic," BayBridge found herself leaving the Minnesota State Fair 4-H Building dormitory Thursday, a precaution after four of her colleagues and a staff member came down with the H1N1 flu, originally called swine flu. "I don't like leaving at all," the 18-year-old Ortonville youth said as the Twin Cities media crowded around her following word of the fair flu outbreak. On the other hand, she added, fair and 4-H officials did
FALCON HEIGHTS -- Minnesota 4-H officials sent 120 youths to their homes across the state from the State Fair today after some came down with the H1N1 swine flu. Four 4-H members and one staffer early today were confirmed as having the new flu.
FALCON HEIGHTS -- Minnesota 4-H officials are sending 120 youths home from the State Fair after some came down with the H1N1 swine flu. Four 4-H members and one staffer early today were confirmed as having the new flu.
FALCON HEIGHTS -- A woman walked up to the Jacobs Lefse Bakeri booth at the Minnesota State Fair with a simple question: "How do you get it not to stick?" Jack Jacobs, who has heard that question thousands of times, was happy to give her the secret: "You are always rolling in flour." The key to avoiding the woman's sticky rolling pin situation is to sprinkle flour on lefse dough before rolling it and again about half-way through, Jacobs explained. He should know.
FALCON HEIGHTS -- Emily Schaefer and Bethany Urban form a Kandiyohi County one-two punch in defending and promoting the dairy industry. For Schaefer, one of the things she sees as her job as a dairy ambassador is making sure people understand that "cows are well cared for." Urban hopes to make a career in some form of scientific dairy research. "It has been my life so far, so I might as well keep it up." The two Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalists "are like sisters," Urban said, both coming from Kandiyohi County.