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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.

Gov. Tim Walz rolled out his first priorities for the state's budget surplus on Thursday, Jan. 20, prompting blowback from Republicans.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said that the state planned to file suit against Illinois-based companies Center for COVID Control LLC and Doctors Clinical Laboratory Inc. Combined, the groups ran eight Minnesota testing sites in Eagan, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester and Virginia. Ellison said the state received numerous complaints from patients and former employees about the testing sites.
Gov. Tim Walz announced that the first round of staffing support teams was set to move out to 23 hospitals.
The governor said Minnesota should use its strong financial position to invest in infrastructure, refurbishing buildings and other projects around the state.
Both Democrats and Republicans put forward proposals to curb violence in the Twin Cities metro area weeks before the 2022 legislative session was set to start.
The reminder from state agriculture leaders comes after U.S. Customs officials reported that they confiscated bushmeat at MSP Airport last month.
State regulators said they wouldn't enforce the vaccine or testing requirement following the high court's ruling, but recommended that employers take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
After receiving extensive public feedback, the commission voted unanimously to continue its study of the custody half-point.
Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday said the state would use federal funding to hire temporary health care staff to deploy around the state. Minnesota hospitals said the backup was welcome as they reported staff vacancies fueled by the omicron variant.
Vulnerable and indigent Minnesotans, particularly people of color, faced the ramifications of the staffing issues among the state's public defense offices.