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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FALCON HEIGHTS — A young northwestern Minnesota woman received a chilly and warm reception Thursday, hours after receiving the coveted Princess Kay of the Milky Way crown. The reception was warm for MarJenna McWilliam because Princess Kay candidates always rally around the winner. It was chilly because she spent most of Thursday in a 40-degree rotating, glass-walled Minnesota State Fair refrigerator. The 20-year-old Winger woman is the 60th Princess Kay, the state’s most visible dairy ambassador.
ST. PAUL -- Republicans who essentially set the agenda for a special legislative session said Wednesday that it was more important to repay schools than to overturn a new tax affecting farmers. So a Sept. 9 Minnesota Legislature special session will only deal with funding disaster recovery, leaving intact a tax that began July 1 on farm implement repairs.
ST. PAUL — Gun opponents testified Tuesday that they felt uncomfortable earlier this year when they knew gun advocates were packing in the Capitol, but a key opponent admitted he likely will not win a gun ban. Gun proponents far outnumbered opponents in the meeting, called to bring more information to a committee that is supposed to advise legislators and the governor about whether guns would be allowed in the state Capitol complex. The two sides remained far apart philosophically in the Advisory Committee on Capitol Area Security meeting. Gun opponent Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St.
ST. PAUL -- The Dayton administration predicts Minnesotans’ property tax bills will fall next year. Maybe so, maybe not. Local government officials are considering what to do with property taxes, including looking at whether they need to increase spending, and taxes, after a decade-long funding drought.
ST. PAUL -- Legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton plan a late-afternoon Friday meeting to work out details about a probable special session that could appropriate money for disaster relief and, perhaps, overturn a tax or two. Dayton said he hopes the five can at least agree on the date of a special session, which he proposes to be Sept. 9. He said he would love an agreement that legislators will only consider the disaster and overturning a farm implement repair tax.
ST. PAUL -- An organization opposed to wolf hunting says a drop in the animal’s population means this year’s Minnesota hunting season should be canceled. Howling for Wolves is launching a petition drive in an effort to convince Gov. Mark Dayton and his Department of Natural Resources to kill the season scheduled to begin in November.
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REDWOOD FALLS -- Gov. Mark Dayton has asked the agency building a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium to see if team owners’ New Jersey legal problems could affect the Minneapolis stadium. A final stadium construction contract is not due to be signed with the Wilf family until fall, Dayton told reporters after he spoke today at the Farmfest event in southwestern Minnesota.
REDWOOD FALLS — Top agriculture members of Congress can be ready with a backup farm bill quickly, but it is not clear if it ever will see the light of day. U.S. Rep.