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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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday asked that counties damaged by floods last month be declared a presidential disaster area. Dayton also added 16 counties to the state disaster list, meaning 51 of Minnesota's 87 counties reported damage from flooding that began June 11.
Darlene Henry of Rosemount, who receives state aid to care for her mother 38.5 hours a week, said a union could negotiate to provide training, better pay and benefits for personal care attendants. Attendants won the right to attempt to form a union in a law Minnesota's Democratic-controlled Legislature and governor approved last year.
A $273 million Minnesota Capitol building renovation will close most of the facility when construction workers return to the job Monday.
Opponents to establishing unions for child care and personal attendant businesses say they think a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a related Illinois case also will result in overturning a 2013 Minnesota law.
A revised two-year Minnesota state budget that starts Tuesday is good news, rural education advocates say. Rich suburban school districts have done well at raising residents' taxes to improve their budgets, and the state has done a good job of boosting urban districts' funding. Rural school officials say they have not fared so well, until this year.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minneapolis women who wrote to President Barack Obama about her financial struggles will share her thoughts with him when he visits the Twin Cities Thursday. The president's...
Sunshine improved many water-logged Minnesotans' spirits Monday, but a flood fight may continue all summer for some.
Minnesota Republicans seldom duke it out in primary elections, but the Aug. 12 vote features a pair of GOP contests worth watching.
Minnesota election officials have deleted names of candidates who withdrew from their races and added names of those whose petitions have been verified.
Minneapolis is in the final eight and hopes to snare the Final Four with the help of two national champions. It's no slam dunk, but state leaders are optimistic that the National Collegiate Athletic Association will pick the as-yet-to-be-built Vikings stadium to host the 2019 or 2020 college basketball championship. Minnesota's largest city is among eight communities competing to host the finals.