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 -- Don't pitch your tent just yet at Lake Vermilion State Park, and don't even think about driving that motorhome to a campground there, but state officials say activity will pick up this summer now that Minnesota owns the land. Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed an agreement Tuesday to pay U.S. Steel $18 million for 3,000 acres along Lake Vermilion in northeastern Minnesota. Joining Pawlenty at the state Capitol signing was Vice President John Goodish of U.S.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's newest park is a reality, and visitors may be able to make limited use of it later this year. Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed an agreement this morning to pay U.S. Steel $18 million for 3,000 acres along Lake Vermilion in northeastern Minnesota. Joining Pawlenty at the signing was Vice President John Goodish of U.S.
ST. PAUL -- The latest two major lieutenant governor candidates know E85, but one wants to know more about the topic. Yvonne Prettner Solon understands about E85, a stumbling block for some other lieutenant governor candidates, but when she was introduced as Mark Dayton's running mate she stopped short of giving the plant-based ethanol fuel her full support. The DFL state senator said questions remain about things such as how much water is needed to produce ethanol. "We need to clarify that," the Democratic candidate said.
ST. PAUL -- A governor's veto means Minnesota landowners will not be paid to allow hunters on their property. Also, anglers will not be allowed to use two lines to fish, and spearing northern pikes in Cass Lake will not be allowed. And controversial walleye regulations for a lake where an influential state senator has a cabin will not happen. Those and other proposed game and fish provisions will remain off the books after Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans hope 2010 is like 1994. Or 1946. Or, maybe, 1928. Spurred by discontent with Washington and St. Paul, Grand Old Party candidates are optimistic they can repeat those three pro-GOP years. "Our government has grown too big," said Gretchen Hoffman, a first-time candidate running against Sen. Dan Skogen, DFL-Hewitt.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators seemed to be happy when they adjourned for the year, while House members argued to the end. Sometimes in the past few years, Republican senators have shouted and protested as they were cut off trying to debate issues as the session ended. There was none of that this year as Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, and Minority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, worked out the details to a smoother end. Retiring Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota will not try to get bonus federal education funds because the Legislature did nothing to reform education, as required by the Obama administration, Gov.
ST. PAUL -- There they were in the governor's office, frequently the scene of Democrat bashing, the Republican governor praising Democrats, and vice versa, over a new anti-drunken driving law. Gov. Tim Pawlenty invited Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing and Rep. Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove to a signing of a bill requiring repeat drunken drivers to use a device proving they are sober before driving. As he prepared to sign the bill into law, he said he was sorry to see the two retire from the Legislature.
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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's first positive budget news in weeks came hours before the 2010 legislative session ended, but a deal remained elusive as time was running out. Legislators and Gov. Tim Pawlenty reported progress Sunday night to balance the state's nearly $3 billion budget deficit after weeks of deadlock. The legislative day began Sunday afternoon with House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, weeping from her perch high above the front of the House chamber. She announced months ago that she is retiring, even if her bid for the governor's office fails.