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 -- The north and south ends of the new Interstate 35W bridge are rapidly groddwing toward each other over the Mississippi River. The keystone in the middle of the new span is expected to be in place less than a year after the old 35W bridge collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others. "The bridge is going to look pretty much complete," said Jon Chiglo, project manager for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, about the Aug.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty named three new Minnesota Appeals Court judges Tuesday, including a former co-worker and a Duluth attorney. Louise Dovre Bjorkman, who was raised in Moorhead, worked with Pawlenty at Rider Bennett Egan and Arundel law firm in the 1990s. She is a former Ramsey County judge. Larry Stauber Jr. is an attorney in his hometown of Duluth. Michelle A Larkin, a St. Paul attorney, also is a former Ramsey County judge and, like Pawlenty, a University of Minnesota law school graduate. The three will be among 19 Appeals Court judges.
ST. PAUL -- John McCain was about to end his town hall meeting in the ornate St. Paul Landmark Center Thursday night when he decided to allow one more question. He wished he hadn't, but reporters were happy. A man asked if Gov. Tim Pawlenty would be the Republican candidate's running mate. McCain joked that the meeting was over, but then went on to say that Pawlenty has a bright future in the party. McCain did not touch on whether Pawlenty would be his pick as vice president. Earlier that day, a U.S.
ST. PAUL -- Sen. John McCain visited Minnesota Thursday, the day a prominent political writer declared Gov. Tim Pawlenty McCain's No. 1 choice as a running mate. McCain, R-Ariz., stopped in the Twin Cities late Thursday at the end of a day of long-distance sparring with Democratic candidate Sen.
Republican Arizona Sen. McCain stopped in the Twin Cities Thursday night at the end of a day of long-distance sparring with Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama. Much of the political talk surrounding the visit centered on Pawlenty, a co-chairman of McCain's national campaign who has been traveling the country in recent months for McCain and other Republican causes. "We may be at the flavor-of-the week point in the vice presidential sweepstakes, but that flavor right now for Team McCain is the environment-loving, hockey-playing governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty," U.S.
ST. PAUL -- More than 160 Minnesota bridges will be replaced or renovated under a 10-year program announced Monday, with money coming from increased gasoline taxes and other fees lawmakers imposed earlier this year. Eleven major bridge replacements could take up to three-fourths of the $2.5 billion slated for bridge replacements and renovations, new state Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel told a joint House-Senate transportation committee meeting Monday.
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Al Franken's apology for writing objectionable jokes and book passages that upset many fellow Democrats appeared to be well accepted. But an undercurrent of concern remained. "They don't like distractions," Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, said of his constituents.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Education could help dissipate concern about lead in venison meat, officials of seven Midwest states decided Wednesday. Deer hunters could be educated about how to best shoot deer, how to field dress the carcass and what kinds of bullets to use. Meat processors could be shown how to remove potentially dangerous lead and shown that ground meat could pose more of a hazard than other cuts. The public can learn how to spot lead in meat and discover ways to avoid lead poisoning problems.
ST. PAUL -- The mood at the Minnesota Capitol is considerably lighter now that the 2008 legislative session is history. Two of the Capitol's most vocal antagonists stood together the other day, united in supporting a public works funding bill -- and laughing together. Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, often do not have kind words for each other.