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—Minnesota's poultry industry is on high alert. This week marks the second anniversary of the beginning of a bird flu outbreak that ended with more than 9 million turkey and chicken deaths. Added to that, two American poultry operations are infected with bird flu. And to top it off, the 2017 weather is eerily similar to 2015. "It is starting to feel like two years ago," State Veterinarian Beth Thompson said Wednesday, March 8.
ST. PAUL—Minnesotans will be able to treat post-traumatic stress disorder with medical marijuana beginning next year. State Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger announced the addition on Thursday, Dec. 1, along with saying that he will allow topical applications of the drug, such as in patches and lotions.
ST. PAUL — The two major presidential candidates appear to agree on something. Hillary Clinton: "America's rural communities lie at the heart of what makes this country great." Donald Trump: "Growing our farm sector and supporting our nation's farmers are absolutely critical steps to making America great again."
Rainfall that could total 9 inches since midnight closed several roads in west-central Wisconsin and the Twin Cities early today. The National Weather Service, which issued a flood warning, said emergency services personnel in southern St. Croix County and northern Pierce County reported roads under water. Also under a flood warning were all of Dunn and Chippewa counties and northern Eau Claire County in Wisconsin. Some minor flooding was reported. The center of the heavy rainfall was the River Falls area, which is in both St. Croix and Pierce counties.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota needs to spend $244 million to improve railroad crossing safety where oil trains cross the state, including in the Red Wing area, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported on New Year's Eve. Transportation officials already are spending $2 million the 2014 Legislature appropriated to improve crossings at places where rails and roads are at the same level.
It is one thing for defeated politicians to back their conqueror, but quite another for rank-and-file supporters to do the same.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s major Republican governor candidates have sounded a lot like four peas in a pod, showing few policy differences. However, when asked about how they would deal with areas of the state outside the Twin Cities, some splits begin to surface. Those questions especially show a stark difference between Orono businessman Scott Honour, a first-time candidate, and three veteran politicians.
ST. PAUL — An organization representing greater Minnesota cities continues to lead spending of local government lobbying groups. State Auditor Rebecca Otto’s office reports that the latest information, for 2013, shows the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities spent $835,674 on lobbying activities during the legislative session that resulted in a two-year, $39 billion budget funded by state taxpayers.
Sunshine improved many water-logged Minnesotans' spirits Monday, but a flood fight may continue all summer for some.