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 Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday decided to leave the decision about closing schools on Tuesday to local officials as the Upper Midwest fought bitterly cold weather today, with Tuesday warming in some places but still remaining frigid. Dayton took the rare step Friday of announcing that public schools statewide would be closed today.
ST. PAUL -- Frigid temperatures predicted for Monday led Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to cancel public school classes statewide for the first time since 1997, but local officials will make the decision if the cold snap continues into Tuesday.
ST. PAUL -- A Costa Rican vacation gave MNsure's executive director a permanent break from her job. April Todd-Malmlov handed her resignation to the MNsure board Tuesday night after publicity about the trip she and another state official took before Thanksgiving. The trip came at a time when her agency was entering the final few weeks that Minnesotans could buy health insurance so it is effective Jan. 1.
MINNEAPOLIS – Brooke Wente sees farmers and doctors as similar: Both keep people alive. “We cannot survive without farming,” the Morris, Minn., native and Minnesota FFA secretary said. Given that, she added, she is very optimistic about farming’s future. “Yes, agriculture is a risky business ...
ST. PAUL – The future of state aid that many local Minnesota governments depend on may be at stake in the next few weeks as property taxes appeared to be headed up. By mid-December, city, county and other local officials decide how much property tax they will collect. Those decisions come on the heels of the Democratic Legislature and governor sending them large bundles of new money in the name of property tax relief. If taxes go up, local governments may see less state aid in the future.
ST. PAUL – State Sen. Torrey Westrom promises a decision by year’s end about whether he will run for the U.S. House seat that has belonged to Collin Peterson since 1991. “I am giving it serious consideration,” the Elbow Lake Republican told Forum News Service on Thursday. In recent elections, no one has come close to Peterson, a Detroit Lakes Democrat whose district encompasses almost all of western Minnesota.
ST. PAUL – A preliminary report shows local governments plan to increase property taxes next year. Tuesday’s Minnesota Revenue Department report indicates cities expect to raise taxes 2.1 percent, counties 1.5 percent, townships 2.1 percent, schools 2.6 percent and other taxing districts 2.3 percent.
MINNEAPOLIS – Farmers face unpredictability, whether the topic is the weather or economics. In the weather, farmers are going to be forced to deal with ever-increasing temperatures and humidity, a well-known climatologist told them during Tuesday’s Minnesota Agri-Growth Council annual meeting.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Minnesota manufacturers say they are doing well, but face twin roadblocks of finding qualified workers and dealing with government-caused uncertainties. “As much as we have tremendous pride in Minnesota ... we cannot be complacent,” said Scott Peterson, Schwan Food Co.