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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ST. PAUL—A new Minnesota presidential poll continues to show a closer contest than is common in the state, with Hillary Clinton up by 7 points. However, if Minnesota voters are like Americans in general, half were waiting for debates to begin to make up their minds. A just-released SurveyUSA poll from the Twin Cities' KSTP-TV indicates that if the election were held before the Monday, Sept. 26, opening presidential debate that 46 percent would vote for Democrat Clinton while 39 percent were behind Republican Trump.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—No link has emerged between terrorist groups and the man who stabbed 10 people in a St. Cloud mall Saturday night, Sept. 17. St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson told reporters Monday that he will let the public know quickly if investigators find a connection between the suspect in the stabbings, identified by fellow Somali-Americans as Dahir Adan, and terrorist groups such as ISIS. An ISIS-related news agency called Adan a soldier of the organization, but did not indicate he had prior contact with it.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota will not appeal a federal court ruling that called unconstitutional a law restricting importing electricity from coal-fired electric generating plants. North Dakota filed the suit against the Minnesota Next Generation Energy Act and won in a federal district court. A federal appeals court panel in June agreed with the district court, leaving the U.S. Supreme Court the only opportunity for Minnesota to win. But on Monday, the Minnesota Commerce Department and Public Utilities Commission announced the state will not appeal.
MORGAN, Minn.—Farm issues Roger Johnson faces in Washington, D.C. are not much different than he handled in North Dakota. But politics are an entirely different story. "The politics in Washington, D.C. are very broken," said Johnson, National Farmers' Union president and former North Dakota agriculture commissioner. "It is a very dysfunctional place. It has been my biggest disappointment going out there, trying to run a major national farm organization faced with a Congress that just is not very functional anymore."
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings, monster trucks and singers will share the new U.S. Bank Stadium with the best-known extreme sports competition. The X Games announced Wednesday that its 2017...
MINNEAPOLIS — The team is known as the Minnesota Vikings, not the Minneapolis Vikings. But, in reality, the team draws support beyond the state’s borders, from the Upper Midwest and...
MINNEAPOLIS — The smiles were as big as Minnesota Vikings players will wear if they ever win a Super Bowl. Former Rep. Morrie Lanning of Moorhead and Sen. Julie Rosen...
MINNEAPOLIS — Light. Intimate. Loud. Purple. Welcome to the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. Step inside during the day and the first thing most people will notice is how light it...
MINNEAPOLIS—Gov. Mark Dayton does not mind protesters camping outside of his official residence 24 hours a day, but said two interstate shutdowns are dangerous. "It is against the law," the governor said Wednesday while touring storm damage in Watkins. "It creates a very, very dangerous situation." Protesters shut down a major route into downtown Minneapolis at rush hour Wednesday morning, demanding that police be demilitarized. Law enforcement officers arrested 41 people and said they are expected to be charged.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Diamond Reynolds' video of her dying boyfriend wearing a blood-drenched T-shirt was poignant enough, but then her 4-year-old daughter told her: "That's OK, mommy. That's OK,...