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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BROOKLYN PARK -- Chad Peterson tapped his chest, near his heart, and talked about fallen fellow Deputy Sheriff Christopher L. Dewey: "He will always be a hero here." Peterson choked back tears Wednesday in remembering his partner, but Minnesotans who did not even know Dewey also honored the 27-year-old Mahnomen County deputy who was shot on duty 18 months ago and died Aug.
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- Family and friends remembered Christopher L.
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- Law enforcement officers from hundreds of agencies gathered this morning for the funeral of Christopher L. Dewey, a Mahnomen County deputy sheriff who died Aug. 9 after being shot 18 months ago. They began to fill the Living Word Christian Center parking lot in Brooklyn Park shortly after 7 a.m., four hours before the funeral service was to begin. About 100 Dewey family members were to be joined by up to 2,000 law enforcement officers and others for the service, open to the public.
ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton won big in northern Minnesota Tuesday, but a primary election is far different than the general election he faces on Nov. 2. Dayton said that even if Democratic-Farmer-Laborite voters liked one of the other candidates better, he still expects them to fall in line for him in the general election contest. The former U.S. senator won nearly every county north of the Twin Cities area, and many to the south. In a general election, a Democrat can be expected to dominate to the northeast, but the "L" of western and southern Minnesota comes into play.
Republican Tom Emmer blasted Democrat Mark Dayton for being involved in government much of his career. "I have actually been working outside government," Emmer told Dayton. Dayton strongly complained that Emmer has not said how he would balance a $6 billion budget deficit, but seems to want to only cut the state budget. "Where is the $6 billion in cuts going to come from?" he asked. Horner responded with what appears to be a standard line he will deliver in the next 81 days of the campaign. "Neither of you is going to get the other side to work with you," he said, adding that he provides
ST. PAUL -- Now that Minnesota Democrats agree on their governor nominee, voters can concentrate on a race that shows huge differences among candidates. "There are clear, distinct choices," said candidate Tom Horner of the Independence Party. "It is a pretty stark contrast," added state Republican Chairman Tony Sutton. Democrats late Wednesday afternoon rallied behind department store heir Mark Dayton, on the political left, as their candidate. Lawyer Tom Emmer stands on the far right for Republicans.
ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton is the Democratic-Farmer-Labor governor candidate. Opponent Margaret Anderson Kelliher made it official late this morning when she conceded. "I just spoke with Mark Dayton and congratulated him on winning the DFL primary," Kelliher said in a statement. "I offered him my full support. He will make an excellent governor." Kelliher said that she delayed conceding because "in Minnesota we value every person's voice and count every person's vote.
ST. PAUL -- Tuesday's primary election could slip by with little notice, but Minnesota's three main Democratic governor candidates are doing what they can to attract potential voters' attention. Before polls open Tuesday morning, the candidates plan to travel the state, and call party faithful, targeting people they think will vote. Margaret Anderson Kelliher's campaign plans to make more than 295,000 telephone calls this weekend and knock on more than 30,000 doors.
MORGAN -- If Minnesota farmers are as successful producing crops as this year's Farmfest was at producing political news, grain elevators had better expand their capacity this fall. The main jobs of the all-things-farm show in southwestern Minnesota is not to display politicians, but that is what happens every election year in forums held in what this year was a sweltering tent in the middle of the FarmFest grounds. Observers speaking privately said there were two surprises among candidates: U.S. Rep. Tim Walz was especially fired up and former U.S. Sen.