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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Most accounts indicate that rural Minnesotans demand better high-speed Internet service, but lawmakers who represent them are split on the issue.
ST. PAUL -- Let's face it: What most Minnesotans want to know about the upcoming legislative session is whether lawmakers will raise their taxes. The answer is a resounding maybe...
The top priority for many rural Minnesota legislators is to improve state funding sent to elderly and disabled care programs.
ST. PAUL -- Republicans who will control the Minnesota House the next two years make it abundantly clear they will focus on rural Minnesota when the legislative session starts Jan...
ST. PAUL – Memories of 2011 remain fresh for Mark Dayton. That was when Dayton, Minnesota’s Democratic governor, faced a conservative Republican Legislature, and as time ran out the two...
One of the first actions Minnesota legislators likely will take when they convene next month is approving nearly $9 million to help local governments pay for early-summer flooding that hit much of the state.
Privacy advocates want legislators to regulate drones flying over Minnesota's landscape.
With a warm-up predicted for coming days, bitter cold may be a memory, but experts say propane and wood for heating and coal for generating electricity could be in short supply if this winter begins to look like last winter.
Perhaps some rural hospitals could just provide emergency room services, and drop full hospital services. Maybe medical schools could recruit more rural students and government could increase money available to forgive student loans to people who practice in rural areas.
Minnesota's $1 billion budget surplus, which some say really is not a surplus, is attracting drools from organizations thinking there may be money available.