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 -- Running back Jessey Grove took the football right up the middle during a game with rival Luverne last season, and was hit in the head. The Windom Area High School senior immediately went out of the game, but did not think he was hurt. "I did not think anything was wrong until the trainer used her test and said I had a concussion right on the spot," Grove told a recent Minnesota legislative committee meeting. After that, he felt fine, but sat out the rest of the season.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's agriculture policymakers say they set a pattern that other state budget negotiators should follow. "I hope we can serve as an example as the ag committee to other committees," Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, said Friday after Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Agriculture led the way in Minnesota's budget debate. Gov. Mark Dayton today signed a bill spending $77 million on agriculture programs for the next two years making some cuts while increasing funding for programs such as food inspections. Democrat Dayton and Republican legislative leaders cited the ag bill as what can be done if they work together. The bill spends a tiny fraction of the $34 billion-plus state budget in the next two years and traditionally is a bipartisan effort.
ST. PAUL -- At least one key legislator feels better about backing a new Minnesota Vikings stadium after meeting with the team owner. "It's brought some comfort to my decision to co-author the bill," Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Gary Anderson put his arm around Gary Boelhower as the latter of the Duluth Garys led a simple gay-rights cheer. "Just be fair," a few hundred chanted under Boelhower's leadership Thursday in front of the Minnesota Capitol. "We pull our weight," he told the crowd.
ST. PAUL - The Dayton administration wants $3 million to protect a 129-person town from future floods. Gov. Mark Dayton visited Georgetown, north of Moorhead, last Saturday and on Thursday he amended an earlier public works proposal to include the new request. The new $3 million is on top of $28 million Dayton already recommends for flood prevention in many areas of the state, especially around the Red River Valley. The Georgetown money would fund land purchase and a dike around the town. When Dayton visited Georgetown on Saturday, along with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep.
ST. PAUL -- A couple hundred Minnesotans jammed into a House committee room Wednesday, many expecting to tell representatives their views on Gov. Mark Dayton's tax increase. Just three got the chance, with committee members taking up most of the hearing debating partisan issues. "This was a sham," said Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul, furious after Wednesday's House Tax Committee hearing.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota policymakers are on a trip, but it appears the House and Senate have slightly different maps and both are far different than the one used by Gov. Mark Dayton. If they are to arrive at the same destination, approving a state budget by May 23, they first need to agree on a map.
ST. PAUL -- Two-hundred Minnesota National Guard soldiers will join the Moorhead-area flood fight today. Col. Dirk Kloss of the Guard said the soldiers will help patrol dikes and provide "a quick reaction force" to conduct dike repairs. Activating the soldiers came shortly after Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday signed an executive order declaring flood emergencies in 46 counties and two American Indian communities.