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 By Don Davis    Politics    May 3, 2016

Lawmakers debate Red Lake reservation spending

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers do not agree on how much to spend on public works projects, but also do not agree on what projects should be funded. An example Monday was whether the state should fund a new social services building and school on the Red Lake American Indian Reservation. "What I see happening now is not...

 
 By Don Davis    News    February 5, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday blizzard possible

ST. PAUL -- Upper Midwest football fans may have a really good excuse to stay home Sunday, even better than the 50th Super Bowl. There may be a blizzard. The National Weather Service on Friday issued a blizzard watch from northwestern Iowa north through eastern South...

 
 By Don Davis    Politics    January 18, 2016

Bemidji projects included in Dayton $1.4 billion bonding bill

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton knows his $1.4 billion public works project plan cannot happen as proposed. "It's like pushing a boulder uphill," he said Friday in announcing his proposal, one of the largest such requests in history and a big target for...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 

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...

 
 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...

 
 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,...

 
 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,...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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....

 
 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...

 

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