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 By Don Davis    News    July 21, 2014 

2008 Legacy amendment offers buffet of outdoors, arts funds

Editor's note: In 2008, Minnesota voters approved the "legacy amendment." To date, the fund has put $1.5 billion toward various projects in the state. In this two-part series, Forum Communications examines the impact the Legacy Funds have had on the state, and what lessons neighboring North Dakota can learn as it decides whether to embark on a similar path. ST. PAUL - The moose population in...

 
 By Don Davis    News    May 23, 2014

Indian veterans receive Minnesota Capitol honor

ST. PAUL -- American Indians volunteer for the U.S. military in higher percentages than any other ethnic group, and now Minnesota officially recognizes that accomplishment. At the conclusion of a Thursday ceremony in front of the state Capitol, Chairwoman Erma Vizenor of the White Earth Nation and Glynn Crooks of Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, wearing a traditional headdress, pulled up a...

 
 By Don Davis    News    April 18, 2014

Indian environmentalists battle Sandpiper pipeline

ST. PAUL - An American Indian environmental group led by nationally known Winona LaDuke is fighting a northern Minnesota oil pipeline. Honor the Earth officials say the Sandpiper pipeline is planned to go near or through some of the most environmentally fragile areas of the state, including the country's largest wild rice bed. Enbridge, Inc. officials say they have 65 years of safe experience...

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    April 2, 2014

House looks at $850 million bonding bill, with $125 million more in cash

ST. PAUL — A nearly $1 billion proposal to fund state construction projects, ranging from trails to transit, launched Tuesday with its author calling it “inadequate” and a Republican who usually supports public works projects saying he could not vote for it. It was an unusual start for a public works funding bill, financed by the state selling bonds. Few legislators expressed enthusiasm for a pair of bills: One would bond for $850 million...

 
 By Don Davis    Business    February 11, 2014

Pipeline company says it will increase propane flow

WASHINGTON -- A pipeline company promises it will ship more propane to the Midwest and Northeast. The action comes after the Obama administration responded to dozens of lawmakers and governors who demanded action as propane prices soared and temperatures plummeted. Enterprise Product Partners told shippers it would inject an extra 150,000 barrels of propane into its pipeline on Monday and 350,000 barrels on Thursday. Later, in a filing with the...

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    January 29, 2014

Opinions sharply divided on wolf hunting

ST. PAUL - Opinions remain sharply divided about whether Minnesota should allow wolf hunts, and Tuesday night a state lawmaker also questioned whether state officials are doing a good job of managing wolves. Rep. Jason Isaacson, D-Shoreview, said the state Department of Natural Resources needs to do more to track wolves. "I struggle with the idea that we are doing all we can," said Isaacson, an op...

 
 By Don Davis    News    January 28, 2014

Former Bemidij man held in security hospital death

ST. PETER, Minn. -- A man with a criminal history on the Red Lake Indian Reservation and in Bemidji is in jail after the death Wednesday night of a fellow state hospital patient. Darnell Dee Whitefeather, 31, was taken to the Nicollet County Jail after Michael Douglas, 41, of Blue Earth County, died in his room of the Minnesota State Security Hospital in St. Peter, a facility that houses mentally...

 
 By Don Davis    News    January 24, 2014

Former Bemidij man held in security hospital death

ST. PETER, Minn. -- A man with a criminal history on the Red Lake Indian Reservation and in Bemidji is in jail after the death Wednesday night of a fellow state hospital patient. Darnell Dee Whitefeather, 31, was taken to the Nicollet County Jail after Michael Douglas, 41, of Blue Earth County, died in his room of the Minnesota State Security Hospital in St. Peter, a facility that houses mentally...

 
 By Don Davis    News    July 18, 2013

State OKs pipeline change over protests

ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota state commission provided a key approval Wednesday to a northern Minnesota oil pipeline expansion as chants of "shame on you" rang out in the downtown St. Paul meeting room. "We are the people you represent," one of more than 100 protesters shouted as all five Public Utilities Commission members approved increasing the pipeline's capacity after a brief discussion of the...

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    May 23, 2013

Issue by issue look at 2013 legislative session

ST. PAUL — Here are how some issues fared at the recently completed 2013 Minnesota Legislature: Bonding: Gov. Mark Dayton and House Democrats wanted to borrow $750 million to $800 million for public works projects around the state, but Republicans and Senate Democrats favored something smaller. In the end, they agreed to spend $177 million, with $132 million to continue a state Capitol building renovation project. Also getting funds were...

 
 By Don Davis    News    May 1, 2013

Minnesota health care marketplace board members ready to work

ST. PAUL – Phil Norgaard uttered words seldom heard in the meeting-filled Minnesota Capitol: “I can’t wait to get to some meetings.” The Fond du Lac American Indian Reservation human services director had just been named on Tuesday to the MNSure board, which will govern a new health insurance marketplace, and he wanted to get to work. Dr. Kathryn Duevel of Willmar also was eager to get started, taking on “a big responsibility” of...

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    April 26, 2013

Senate education bill passes test, but graduation test fails

ST. PAUL — Minnesota senators joined the House on Thursday night in voting to eliminate a law requiring students to pass a test before graduating high school. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor education bill, spending nearly $15.7 billion in the next two years, passed 35-28 after Republicans refused to vote for 10 minutes when Senate President Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, did not call on two GOP members seeking to speak. Most Republicans eventually...

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    April 3, 2013

Legislative Notebook: House DFL calls for increasing property tax refunds for 1 million

ST. PAUL — Almost 1 million Minnesotans would receive larger property tax refunds, or their first refunds, under a House Democratic proposal. Rep. Jim Davnie, DFL-Minneapolis, said the House plan would establish the homestead credit refund, spending $250 million to replace existing homeowner tax refunds and expand a renters’ refund. More than 300,000 homeowners would get bigger refunds; that...

 
 By Don Davis    News    February 7, 2013

Ex-FBI agent: Assault gun would have killed more at Red Lake

ST. PAUL – Jeffrey Weise shot and killed his grandfather on March 21, 2005, and tried to load a semi-automatic rifle. But former FBI agent John Egelhof of Bemidji told a Minnesota House committee Wednesday that the rifle, the type that would be banned under a bill state lawmakers are considering, jammed and Weise was forced to use less efficient guns when he went to a Red Lake school in...

 
 By Don Davis    News    December 17, 2012

Minnesotans prepare for possible school shootings

ST. PAUL – Minnesota officials say they have tried to prepare for school shootings like one Friday in Connecticut, but there always is more they can do. “We need to collaboratively do a better job of securing those kids,” said state Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, a law enforcement officer for 34 years, 16 as Douglas County sheriff. Training how to react to a shooting is one thing, but “it is very difficult” to prevent shootings,...

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    November 19, 2012

Questions about that ‘fiscal cliff'

ST. PAUL — The “fiscal cliff” is getting more and more attention with a Dec. 31 federal government deadline looming, but Americans seem to have a lot of questions: Just what is the fiscal cliff? The simple answer is that Dec. 31 is the deadline for federal leaders to reach a budget agreement and the time when a variety of tax cuts are scheduled to end. Several tax increases and spending cuts would come almost immediately. Why is this...

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    November 16, 2012

Bakk names committee leaders for Minnesota Senate

ST. PAUL — Incoming Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk has announced who will lead committees for the next four years. Rod Skoe of Clearbrook, representing District 2, has been appointed chairman of the Tax Committee. Tom Saxhaug of Grand Rapids, representing District 5, will chair the State Departments and Veterans Affairs Finance committees. Democrats will regain control when senators return Jan. 8 for the 2012 session, and lots of...

 
 By Don Davis    News    July 30, 2012

Law expands illegal synthetic drugs

ST. PAUL – More synthetic drugs will be illegal under a law taking effect Wednesday, and a state agency will be able to act faster to make newly developed versions illegal. Still, as makers of the so-called “designer drugs” continue to change chemical formulas to skirt the law, there will be lags between when a new drug is released and it is declared illegal. State officials and law enforcement officers said Thursday that so much about the...

 
 By Don Davis    Business    July 17, 2012

Electronic gambling ready, but charities may go slow

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Minnesota charities could begin rolling out electronic pulltab and bingo games this fall, although concerns remain that could slow their acceptance. “This isn’t an industry that embraces change,” Executive Director King Wilson of Allied Charities told the Minnesota Gambling Control board Monday. In an interview, Wilson said that even though state lawmakers passed a bill allowing electronic pulltab and bingo games, with...

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    April 9, 2012

Senate committee told: ‘Wolf is a brother to original man’

ST. PAUL – A Mississippi American Indian leader objects to a wolf hunting season that appears near passage in the Minnesota Legislature. She joins several Great Lakes-area tribes in opposing wolf hunting and trapping proposals. Chairwoman Sandra Skinaway of the Sandy Lake Band of Mississippi Chippewa told a Minnesota Senate committee about her concerns, but said the issue flew under the radar and she missed testifying to a House committee....

 
 By Don Davis    News    April 6, 2012

White Earth offers stadium $400 million in exchange for casino rights

ST. PAUL -- The White Earth Nation proposes giving the state $400 million for a Vikings stadium in exchange for permission to build a Twin Cities casino. “Minnesota will have the money and the Vikings will be able to proceed in a timely manner,” White Earth Chairwoman Erma Vizenor told reporters this morning. However, the money would come only after a casino receives final approval, which might not come until after a lengthy court challenge....

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    April 6, 2012

White Earth to state: ‘You have the ball’ on stadium

ST. PAUL – The White Earth Nation says it will front the state’s Vikings stadium construction costs, if it receives approval to build a Twin Cities casino. Chairwoman Erma Vizenor of the northwestern Minnesota American Indian tribe Thursday announced White Earth is tweaking an earlier proposal so the state would get $400 million up front, and then receive half of all casino profits. She said that could amount to $1 billion in the first five...

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    April 4, 2012

Lawmakers warned of possible wolf season challenge

ST. PAUL – Minnesota House members approved wolf hunting and trapping seasons on Tuesday despite warnings that the American Indian community may challenge it in court. “When we make laws, we make laws for all the people of Minnesota,” Rep. Kerry Gauthier, DFL-Duluth, said before representatives approved a bill 82-49 that included the wolf seasons. Bill sponsor Rep. Tom Hackbarth, R-Cedar, said no tribal representatives testified against...

 
 By Don Davis    News    April 2, 2012

Racino heads for Senate vote

ST. PAUL — What started out as a minor education-related bill morphed Friday into a measure allowing casinos at Minnesota’s two horse-racing tracks. The so-called racino proposal now could receive a full Senate vote after it stalled earlier. State revenue from racinos would be used to help pay schools more than $2 billion the state owes them after delaying payments to help balance the state budget. The Senate Finance Committee amended the...

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    March 26, 2012

White Earth plan little heard, but still around

ST. PAUL – Minnesota legislators talk little about a White Earth Band casino proposal to increase state revenue, but the band leader says she will continue to push it as lawmakers struggle to find money for everything from a stadium to schools. To answer one of the critics’ nagging questions, White Earth hired former Minnesota Chief Justice Eric Magnuson to look into constitutionality of the state allowing the northwestern Minnesota band to...

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    February 22, 2012

New look maps change legislative, congressional districts in Bemidji area

ST. PAUL - New political district maps released today show little U.S. House change, but more in the Minnesota Legislature, where 46 of 201 lawmakers were put in districts with other incumbents. For rural Minnesota, it was no surprise that congressional and legislative districts grew geographically as people moved to suburban districts as a five-judge panel struggled to keep the same population in each district. In the U.S. House, relatively...

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    February 17, 2012

White Earth casino ‘not in play right now’

ST. PAUL – White Earth Nation’s proposal to build a Twin Cities casino that could help fund a new Vikings stadium received little support from key policymakers Thursday after the tribe’s leader said it would be the best option for Minnesotans. A casino operated by the tribe could be a fall-back plan, but probably not this year, the chief Minnesota House stadium proponent said. “They are not in play right now,” Rep. Morrie Lanning said....

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    February 16, 2012

Legislative Notebook: White Earth to announce Twin Cities casino plan

ST. PAUL – The White Earth Nation’s chairwoman plans to announce details today of a proposal to build a Twin Cities casino that could provide fund a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The announcement follows December comments by Chairwoman Erma Vizenor, who said White Earth and the state could split 50-50 the estimated $300 million annual profits. Also, she said, the casino could provide $10 million new state taxes annually. An informal...

 
 By Don Davis    Business    February 16, 2012

NW Minn.'s White Earth proposes Twin Cities casino

The White Earth Nation’s chairwoman plans on Thursday to announce details of a proposal to build a Twin Cities casino that could provide funding to build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The announcement follows December comments by Chairwoman Erma Vizenor, who said White Earth and the state could split the estimated $300 million annual profits. Also, she said, the casino could provide $10 million new state taxes annually. An informal...

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    December 28, 2011

Senjem new Senate majority leader

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Minnesota Senate Republicans promised a fresh start Tuesday night, putting behind a scandal and spending 11 hours picking Sen. Dave Senjem as their new leader. The senators also elected a new slate of assistant leaders during their close-door meeting. “No more looking backward,” the Rochester Republican said when he was introduced as the majority leader. Senjem returns to...

 
 By Don Davis    News    December 7, 2011

White Earth proposes casino to keep Vikings in Minnesota

ST. PAUL - The White Earth Tribal Nation proposes that it be allowed to build a Twin Cities-area casino, with proceeds going to help build a Minnesota Vikings football stadium. Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor was to present the idea this afternoon to two Minnesota Senate committees considering stadium financing. Also at the meeting, the Vikings told senators that while they want to stay in...

 
 By Don Davis    News    October 31, 2011

Capitol Chatter: Shutdown, stadium eliminated normal summer and fall

ST. PAUL — Many people around the Capitol don’t quite understand why temperatures are dipping into the 30s: It can’t be fall already. With the July government shutdown and now the increasingly frantic stadium debate, this has been a strange and busy non-election year. “This is the busiest I have ever been between sessions,” Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, said. In what is supposed to be an off season, Urdahl has been in the Capitol two...