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Dana Ferguson

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Dana:

A look at key wins, losses in Minnesota legislative primary races

Several Minnesota state lawmakers vying for reelection on Tuesday bucked challenges from more partisan members of their political parties to advance to the general election. → Read More

Minnesota lawmakers survive challenges from political firebrands in Tuesday's primaries

Several incumbent state legislators, particularly in the Senate, edged out competitors with more extreme views on COVID-19, election security and more. → Read More

Governor's Fishing Opener headed to southern Minnesota in 2023

Gov. Tim Walz announced the annual angling event would take place in Mankato for the first time. → Read More

Minnesota tracks lower absentee turnout ahead of Tuesday's primary election

Voting officials said the decrease in ballots cast by mail likely had to do with decreased concerns about COVID-19 compared to two years prior. → Read More

As Tuesday’s primary decides the governor’s race ballot, Walz and Jensen look forward – Twin Cities

Minnesota voters will determine Tuesday which candidates from the state’s four major political parties advance in the contest for governor. → Read More

Minnesota voters to decide Tuesday who moves forward in governor's race

The state's four major political parties will hold contests to see which candidates advance to the general election in November. → Read More

Walz, Jensen square off in first debate, with pandemic dominating Farmfest discussion

REDWOOD COUNTY, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz and Republican challenger Scott Jensen on Wednesday faced off during a testy debate at Farmfest, the southwestern Minnesota agricultural expo that puts competi… → Read More

COVID-19 sidelines DFLer in Farmfest forum featuring candidates vying to succeed Hagedorn

Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate and former Hormel Foods CEO Jeff Ettinger in a message said he couldn’t participate because he tested positive for COVID-19. → Read More

Republican Scott Jensen pitches streamlined farm permits, broadband buildout in ag plan

The candidate for governor shared his proposal at Farmfest a day before he was set to face off with Gov. Tim Walz there on Wednesday. → Read More

CD1 candidates Finstad, Munson face off in Farmfest debate after Ettinger tests positive for COVID

The conversation about agriculture and rural issues came a week before the special election in southern Minnesota as well as the primary to determine who will be up for the next full term. → Read More

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry commissioner to retire

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Roslyn Robertson announced Monday she will retire from the post this month. Robertson is set to leave the agency Aug. 12 after working there … → Read More

Minnesota labor commissioner Roslyn Robertson to retire later this month

Robertson leaves the agency after working there for 34 years and recently overseeing the rollout of the $500 million pandemic worker pay program. → Read More

Minnesota reports 33 cases of monkeypox, mainly in Twin Cities metro

State health officials said the cases had been detected since Minnesota tracked its first monkeypox case about a month ago. → Read More

Gimmick or no gimmick? Walz asks Minnesotans to weigh in on $1K rebate check plan

Faced with growing inflation, gas prices and interest rate hikes, Gov. Tim Walz proposed the one-time checks. He's not been able to find GOP support for the idea. → Read More

Attorney General Keith Ellison says he won't appeal ruling blocking Minnesota abortion restrictions

A St. Paul district court judge earlier this month said state restrictions on abortion were unconstitutional and blocked their enforcement. Attorney General Keith Ellison said he wouldn't appeal the ruling. → Read More

Walz unveils blue-ribbon panel’s recommendations for advancing Minnesota’s economy – Twin Cities

The 10-year plan would build out access to child care, health care, housing, infrastructure and job training programs. → Read More

Child care, housing, broadband access: Walz administration outlines sweeping plan to grow Minnesota's economy

The governor shared the roadmap days after the state recorded the lowest unemployment rate of any state ever and months before he was expected to appear on the ballot for reelection. The broad-based proposal would boost spending to child care, health care, transportation infrastructure and other programs. → Read More

Gov. Tim Walz leads GOP challenger Scott Jensen in fundraising

Walz’s campaign also has a significant advantage in terms of cash-on-hand. → Read More

Gov. Tim Walz leads GOP challenger Scott Jensen in campaign fundraising

Walz and most other Democrats vying for statewide office outraised their Republican challengers ahead of the pre-primary deadline to report campaign finance figures. → Read More

Nearly 1.2 million front-line workers seek Minnesota ‘hero’ pay, far more than anticipated – Twin Cities

Lawmakers initially estimated each worker would receive about $750, but with the broader applicant pool, that amount could be closer to $400. → Read More