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Dana Ferguson

Minnesota Capitol Correspondent

Dana Ferguson is a Minnesota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. Ferguson has covered state government and political stories since she joined the news service in 2018, reporting on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the divided Statehouse and the 2020 election.

Ferguson is a St. Louis Park native and a current St. Paul resident who enjoys getting to know fellow Minnesotans and telling their stories.

Prior to joining Forum Communications, Ferguson covered the South Dakota Legislature for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. In that position, she won several awards for her reporting on state government and health care issues.

She speaks both English and Spanish and would welcome your story ideas, feedback and recipe suggestions. You can reach her at dferguson@forumcomm.com or 651-290-0707.

The state opened the online portal Wednesday for front-line workers to apply for $750 checks from Minnesota. The deadline to apply is July 22.
The sites will test residents for COVID-19 and those deemed to be at high risk for developing severe symptoms could get a prescription for Paxlovid.
Legislative leaders returned to the Capitol this week to talk through spending bills that they couldn't finish in May. They said that a $1.4 billion bonding bill and transportation plan were still in negotiations.
Labor officials aimed to remind people that the applications would be reviewed after 45-day window, not on a first-come, first-served basis.
Minnesota nonemergency medical transportation providers pulled some Medicaid ride options after taking significant losses from state reimbursements. They said gas, labor and insurance costs jumped while their state reimbursement rates lagged.
Legislative leaders and the governor on Friday met virtually for the first time since lawmakers left St. Paul last month.
The governor on Thursday told reporters that he remained hopeful about the prospect of a special session but worried that Republican lawmakers had 'buyer's remorse' about a deal they'd struck for $4 billion in tax relief and $4 billion in spending.
Minnesota candidates for office faced a Tuesday, May 31, deadline to file. The results firmed up some head-to-head matches, while adding new dynamics to others.
Department of health leaders urged consumers to check their freezers for FreshKampo and HEB brand strawberries that could be linked to the illness.
Hepola announced that he was dropping out of the race Tuesday, just ahead of the deadline to file.