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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Lyle Koenen took the oath to become a Minnesota state senator Wednesday, taking the seat vacated with the death of veteran lawmaker Gary Kubly. "Welcome Lyle Koenen, welcome aboard," Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, said shortly after the Senate went into session. Sitting at Kubly's old desk, Koenen stood and accepted applause from his new colleagues. Koenen, a Clara City Democrat, has served in the House since 2003. He was elected to the Senate in a special vote to replace Kubly, a Granite City Democrat who died of complications related to Lou Gehrig's disease.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Vikings football stadium issue sits on its own one-yard line, 99 yards from a score, and on fourth down players await a play call by legislative leaders standing on the sidelines. Oh, and the clock is nearly at zero and it is not clear that the leaders want to move the ball forward. Supporters of building a $975 million Minneapolis stadium said on Tuesday that hope, as slim as it is, remains eternal after a late Monday committee vote rejected a stadium plan.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota House committee voted 9-6 Monday night against a bill to build a Minnesota Vikings stadium. While a bill always can be resurrected, the vote makes it very difficult to approve a new stadium in the final days of the 2012 legislative session. Legislative leaders want the session to end by April 30, and now the bill has lost in a House panel and is stalled in a Senate committee. Moments before the vote, bill author Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Walleye and northern pike may be safe until Mother's Day weekend after all, if discussion in a Senate committee Monday is any indication, Members of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee Monday expressed no support for moving the fishing opener to May 5, a week earlier than the traditional Mother's Day opener. A record-warm March prompted a drive to move up this year's fishing opener.
ST. PAUL -- Prosecutors are happy to now have the same rights of other Minnesotans to carry guns. "Whether they need it or not, it is their right," said Rice County Attorney Paul Baumaster, president of the Minnesota County Attorneys' Association. However, before Gov. Mark Dayton signed a new law earlier this week, state law banned county attorneys and other public workers from carrying guns. The new law, crafted by Rep. Tony Cornish of Good Thunder and Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Jacob Gould used to dream of being a professional wrestler, but now the 12-year-old with a new law named after him wants to devote his life to helping others wrestle with problems that almost cost him his life. "If I can help just one kid, it would be 100 percent worth it," the Clara City sixth-grader said. Gould said it was "awesome" to watch Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday sign into law a bill that requires both parents to be notified if a child is victim of neglect, physical abuse or sexual abuse outside of the home.