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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Past articles by Dana:

Tim Walz, Scott Jensen victorious in primary, now on to November governor's race

The DFL- and GOP-endorsed candidates for governor easily won their respective primary contests on Tuesday night. → Read More

Historic projects could be stalled or abandoned without Minnesota tax credit

Nonprofits, developers, construction workers and local leaders urged state lawmakers to extend the historic tax credit before it sunsets on June 30. → Read More

Minnesota Democrats urge additional restrictions on firearms following Texas school massacre

Gov. Tim Walz and DFL lawmakers said that lawmakers should weigh changes to the state's gun laws during a special session, while Republicans noted that mental health was a more pressing issue in the Uvalde, Texas, shooting. → Read More

Minnesota front-line workers could see $750 hero checks within 12 weeks

State officials on Monday, May 2, rolled out a timeline for the payments and said business owners could see credits for tax overpayments credited to them within 10 days. Lawmakers approved and the governor signed into law a $3.4 billion approving the payments last week. → Read More

Minnesota lawmakers move to divest from Russian investments, cancel contracts amid Ukraine conflict

The proposal was estimated to have a $53 million impact as the state moved to pull state pension fund investments from Russian entities. → Read More

Iron Range lawmaker's legacy on display as Senate approves $20M ALS research bill

The Minnesota Senate on Thursday, March 10, approved a proposal to fund research into prevention, treatments and a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Sen. David Tomassoni, of Chisholm, carried the bill as he battles the disease. → Read More

Minnesota has an achievement gap problem but lacks a clear definition to fix it, report finds

The Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor on Tuesday said the state should define the "achievement gap" and track additional data to determine if it was being addressed. → Read More

Minnesota Senate greenlights plan to join interstate nursing agreement

The compact would let out-of-state nurses in approved states practice in Minnesota without getting a state license. → Read More

'We're Netflix, we're disrupting': Cory Hepola launches gubernatorial bid under Andrew Yang's Forward Party

The former radio host's announcement spurred calls from DFL leaders that the bid would act as a 'spoiler' that could help Republican candidates in the race. → Read More

Ethnic studies, climate change could be required instruction in Minnesota schools under DFL bills

A Minnesota House Education Committee passed the proposals on Wednesday despite opposition from Republican members. → Read More

State Sen. Carla Nelson won't seek 1st District seat left vacant after Jim Hagedorn death

Nelson told reporters at the Capitol that she would run to represent the new Senate District 24. → Read More

Minnesota farmers, lawmakers urge the speedy passage of $10 million drought relief package

Efforts to quickly send out grants and loans come months after Minnesota faced historic drought conditions. → Read More

Minnesota has a new set of voting maps for 2022. Here's how they took shape

A look at the changes in the new voting maps and how judges say they drew them. → Read More

Minnesota business owners, lawmakers urge swift action to refill jobless fund, prevent payroll tax hike

Lawmakers are weighing proposals to pay back the federal government and replenish the state's unemployment insurance fund after it saw unprecedented use due to the pandemic. → Read More

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz puts forward a $2.7 billion local projects bill

The governor said Minnesota should use its strong financial position to invest in infrastructure, refurbishing buildings and other projects around the state. → Read More

What the Supreme Court decision on workplace vaccine mandates means for Minnesota

State regulators said they wouldn't enforce the vaccine or testing requirement following the high court's ruling, but recommended that employers take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. → Read More

At the Capitol, Democrats require employee COVID-19 vaccine or test, Republicans await court guidance

Ahead of the 2022 legislative session, leaders in the divided Statehouse are setting out distinct plans for managing COVID-19 spread. → Read More

'We can overcome this': Minnesotans call for voting reforms one year after Capitol riots

Dozens gathered at the state Capitol on Thursday night, despite the extreme cold, to remember the insurrection and to press for changes in state and federal voting laws. → Read More

After hearing final arguments, Minnesota judges start work of redrawing state's political maps

Judges on the panel said they respected the Legislature's authority to craft new political districts but stood ready to step in if partisan disagreements got in the way. → Read More

At a breaking point, Minnesota nurses call for staffing supports

More than 22 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders of the state's nursing union said they needed help to avoid burnout. → Read More