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Dave Orrick


Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Past articles by Dave:

Hastings school board chair decides to move after trans child ‘outed’ by political critics

Kelsey Waits said few knew her 8-year-old child was transgender. → Read More

Muskie weighed at UPS Store challenging Minnesota record

The official state record for the heaviest muskie — a 54-pound fish caught on Lake Winnibigoshish — has stood since 1957. → Read More

New Minnesota GOP chairman: ‘Republican Party does not equal party of Trump’

Party is reeling from disorder but has prospects to make big gains. → Read More

Minnesota state worker files complaint over being forced to be ‘he’ or ‘she,’ instead of ‘they’

State of Minnesota human resources only allows ‘male’ or ‘female.’ But a worker wants gender ‘X,’ already available on driver’s licenses. → Read More

Why are so many innocent bystanders getting shot in Twin Cities?

The victims aren’t targeted by a shooter intent on causing mass casualties; they’re collateral damage in personal disputes that erupt in gunfire in crowded places. → Read More

Free Minnesota testing program Door Dashes COVID spit test to homes

The rapid antigen tests work best for people with symptoms in the early stages of infection. → Read More

Who should get COVID bonus pay? Minnesota Dems, Republicans can’t agree

More money for fewer, or less money for more? → Read More

Minnesota House DFLers expel Rep. John Thompson from caucus

The exceedingly rare move has no impact on Thompson, who represents St. Paul’s East Side. Thompson’s expulsion from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor caucus was spurred by “credible reports of abuse and misconduct” and Thompson’s “failure to take responsibility,” according to DFL House Democrats. → Read More

Lawsuit seeks to force Gov. Walz to mandate masks in schools statewide

It’s unclear if such a reach from one branch of government into another is legal for an emergency declaration. → Read More

Sen. Melisa Franzen, Auditor Julie Blaha released from hospital after rollover crash

State Sen. Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina, and State Auditor Julie Blaha had traveled to Farmfest event Wednesday. → Read More

Minnesota state senator, auditor injured in crash with semi

State Sen. Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina, and State Auditor Julie Blaha had traveled to Farmfest event Wednesday. → Read More

Embattled Minnesota Rep. John Thompson agrees to apologize to colleague for calling him ‘racist’

Gov. Tim Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman and other top Democrats called for Thompson's resignation last month after the media reported details from a number of police reports that alleged Thompson committed physical violence against women in several jurisdictions well before he was elected. → Read More

Rep. Angie Craig takes aim at ‘family glitch’ that can make health insurance super pricey

The glitch is basically this: The ACA was written so no one would be forced to pay more than 9.83% of their income for health coverage — a figure deemed affordable. Anything more than that merits a subsidy. It works for single people. And it works for any parent. But not for the rest of the family. → Read More

What’s a gar and why is it the big winner at the Minnesota Capitol?

‘Slaughter’ of odd fish led to social media outcry → Read More

Minnesota lawmakers reach ‘general agreement’ on policing laws

However, there were also indications that some details had yet to be finalized, so the total scope of any agreement — which has followed months of contentious negotiations — remained unclear. As of 10 p.m., Democratic lawmakers in the House had posted a fiscal spreadsheet indicating a deal, but that document did not indicate any policy details of such a deal. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka,… → Read More

Minnesota is awash in cash at the moment — but is it hoarding?

While the state might be flush now, piles of its money are essentially one-time windfalls and not guaranteed later. → Read More

Minnesota bars, restaurants and other businesses have no more COVID restrictions

Basically, there are no more statewide restrictions for anything. → Read More

Minnesota GOP gubernatorial candidate backs effort to stop youth COVID vaccinations

Jensen, a family physician from Chaska who served in the state Senate from 2017 to 2021, is the first named plaintiff in a petition filed in federal court in Alabama by America’s Frontline Doctors, a group that has attempted to diminish the pandemic that has killed more than 590,000 Americans and pushed misleading and false information about the coronavirus, its lethality and debunked treatments… → Read More

Here are 7 political forces shaping the end of the Minnesota legislative session

If Republicans in the state Senate, Democrats in the state House and Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, don’t agree on a two-year state budget, they’ll have go into a special session to avoid a state government shutdown starting July 1. → Read More

Are we in the era of cops getting charged criminally?

Some longtime participants and observers of the criminal justice system say yes, that standards, both from the public and within the law enforcement community, have changed, and the decades-long hesitation to bring charges against on-duty police officers dealing with suspects is rightly over. → Read More