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.
- Member for
- 3 years 6 months
Minnesotans who buy their own health insurance will pay more next year, in some cases a lot more. Officials of the state Commerce Department and the MNsure Web-based insurance sales site Thursday announced insurance rates for Minnesotans who buy their own policies will rise 14 percent to 49 percent. However, that only affects the 5.5 percent of Minnesotans who buy health insurance policies on the open market; most have employer-provided insurance or receive government-paid health care. The increase prompted strong reaction, ranging from Gov.
To someone walking in late, dozens of people sitting in folding chairs may have looked like they were part of a mime class. It would have been pretty obvious to the latecomer that each was pretending to hold a beach ball. But to those of us entering senior citizen status, as well as those well into that part of life, the exercise could be a lifesaver. Dr.
Flying a small drone around a bridge may be safer and less costly than traditional ways of inspection, with Minnesota officials planning more tests to gauge their usefulness. After a summer drone test, next up will be a fall test that will include inspecting the state's longest bridge, the 7,975-foot John A. Blatnik Bridge in Duluth.
Many rural Americans compare providing high-speed Internet connections to the years when telephones and electricity were moving into rural areas. "To me it is the rural electrification of this era," Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., told experts on the subject he gathered Thursday in St. Paul. "If you go to rural Minnesota ...
Communications is a key in preventing and battling oil train disasters, two U.S. senators learned last week from public safety officials. A forum convened by U.S. Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, both Democrats, produced requests for railroads to communicate better with officials and the public and to allow public safety personnel to better communicate via radio with each other. Much of the discussion followed the lines of what Minnesota Gov.
Scott Walker has outlasted Tim Pawlenty as a presidential candidate, but there are similarities between the two and some wonder if Walker's campaign is doomed. The well-known online Slate magazine asks if Walker is Tim Pawlenty 2.0. Writer Jamelle Bouie wrote what others have thought. "He's not a firebrand and he doesn't alienate ordinary Americans," Bouie wrote about Walker.
Temperatures have dipped into the 40s and even the 30s, in northern Minnesota. Ducks and geese are beginning their annual migration south. Leaves are just beginning to turn. "We are there," Badger farmer John Burkel said about fall. For many like Burkel, it is not about the pretty autumn colors or the arrival of football. This year, at least, his thoughts turn to whether he has increased biosecurity on his farm enough to avoid another avian flu outbreak like the one that resulted in nine million turkey and chicken deaths on 108 Minnesota farms from March to June.
The trooper who has been the Minnesota State Patrol's face in western Minnesota faces charges of driving 94 miles per hour in a 55 zone. Sgt. Jesse Grabow has served as public information officer, but his duties will be handled by other troopers during an internal investigation into the April incident. Grabow authored an Ask a Trooper column that ran in the Wadena Pioneer Journal along with other area newspapers. Patrol Capt.
Put yourself in a politician's shoes: There is no way you would want to cast a vote to release sex offenders from a prison-like facility. But if a federal judge ordered you to do it, that could be a different story. Someone else is to blame. U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank, a former St. Louis County prosecutor who has dealt with sex offender cases, gave politicians a scapegoat and way out of a constitutional conflict when he handed down a ruling saying the Minnesota Sex Offender Program violates the U.S.
Proposals by some insurers for large health insurance premium increases upset key politicians. "The proposed rate increases from Minnesota's health insurers are outrageous, given that our state's health care costs have been increasing by only 3 percent," Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said. "They underscore the need for a rigorous review of those proposed rates by the Minnesota Department of Commerce before they become final on Oct. 1." Rep.