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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MINNEAPOLIS—An oil pipeline protester was recovering in a Minneapolis hospital Tuesday, Nov. 22, after her arm was seriously injured during a confrontation between pipeline opponents and law enforcement officers. Injuries sustained by Sophia Wilansky, 21, of New York prompted thousands of people to donate money for her recovery, which was underway at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Within 19 hours of a gofundme site being established, 8,000 people had combined to give more than $220,000.
ST. PAUL—A northern Minnesota mother says she wants the federal courts to restore her parental rights so she can help her son, who is undergoing a sex-change procedure. "Not only was I robbed of the opportunity to help my son make good decisions, but I also feel he was robbed of a key advocate in his life, his mother," a teary-eyed Anmarie Calgaro told reporters Wednesday, Nov. 16, in announcing she is suing St. Louis County, two health-care providers and the St. Louis County School District.
North Dakota and South Dakota went, as expected, to Republican Donald Trump. Major news services projected the two states as going to the GOP candidate second after polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. The news was no surprise. The projections were made based on exit polls because there was very few votes counted. The two states were joined by a line of states across the middle part of the country to vote for Trump, including Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Texas.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's top elected Republican says he will call for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's resignation if he does not put in enough effort to solve what is widely...
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." The two short quotes from Democrat Clinton and Republican Trump are more than most Americans hear about rural issues in the campaign, so the two apparently agree that rural issues are not critical enough to their chances on Nov. 8 to talk about them much.
ST. PAUL—A new Minnesota Poll shows Donald Trump closing Hillary Clinton's lead in the state, which mirrors national polls showing the presidential race tightening. The Star Tribune's Minnesota Poll indicates Clinton would receive 44 percent of the vote and Trump 38 percent if the election were held now. North Dakota native Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate and former New Mexico governor, received 12 percent support, although more than a quarter of those surveyed said they did not know who he is.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn.—The numbers needed to describe video boards in the new U.S. Bank Stadium are impressive: The biggest scoreboard, for instance, is 68 feet tall and 120 feet wide. More than 19 light emitting diode displays are in or just outside the stadium, providing nearly 31,000 square feet of video boards. But Amy Barnes, and nearly 200 others who built the video boards in Redwood Falls, summarize all of those figures into one easy-to-understand word: pride.
MINNEAPOLIS—Gov. Mark Dayton does not mind protesters camping outside of his official residence 24 hours a day, but said two interstate shutdowns are dangerous. "It is against the law," the governor said Wednesday while touring storm damage in Watkins. "It creates a very, very dangerous situation." Protesters shut down a major route into downtown Minneapolis at rush hour Wednesday morning, demanding that police be demilitarized. Law enforcement officers arrested 41 people and said they are expected to be charged.
The aftermath of strong Monday night storms dominated life for many Minnesota and Wisconsin residents Tuesday. In central and northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, rising floodwater was the problem. In central and west-central Minnesota, it was cleaning up from a series of tornadoes. The most dramatic story came from Michigan Island in the Apostle Islands, just off the northwestern Wisconsin shore of Lake Superior, where 33 people were trapped. Emergency personnel spent much of the day evacuating them.
ST. PAUL—Protesters remained in front of the Minnesota governor's residence Friday morning, continuing a vigil that began hours after a police officer shot and killed a 32-year-old black man in a Twin Cities suburb. While that gathering was peaceful, St. Paul police reported that early Friday some people left the Summit Avenue site and went a block to Grand Avenue, where they broke windows in an unoccupied police car and damaged a business window.