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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ST. PAUL - Minnesota's new U.S. senator has received rave reviews from many in his nearly a month in Washington. One of the most recent was a contributor to a prominent political blog. "A Senate star is born" reads the headline on Doug Kendall's Huffington Post Web site contribution. Kendall extensively quotes from a Sen. Al Franken speech of a few days ago supporting Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Dave St. Peter walked the Metrodome concourse, the only man in a suit and tie among 32,000 heading to their seats, buying Dome dogs, picking through T-shirts and doing whatever else baseball fans do just before the Minnesota Twins take the field. He took a right turn and walked into the stands, heading down the steps to see how pre-game activities were going. Within seconds, he spotted a former classmate from St. Mary's High School in Bismarck, N.D. Karen Nathe, her family at her side, enjoyed catching up with her classmate, who has been the Twins' president since 2002.
MINNEAPOLIS - Calvin Griffith moved his Washington Senators to the Twin Cities in 1961 knowing the team needed to build a loyal fan base well beyond Minneapolis and St. Paul. He quickly abandoned an idea to call the Major League Baseball team the Minneapolis Twins, opting instead for Minnesota Twins.
MINNEAPOLIS - Tour the new Minnesota Twins ballpark and it appears almost ready to host its first game. Just add some turf and a few more seats and Target Field will offer Upper Midwest residents baseball the way it was meant to be played: outdoors.
ST. PAUL - Western Minnesota's 2010 congressional race is under way, even without candidates. The state Republican Party launches a radio advertising campaign against Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson today, saying the 10-term congressman is out of touch with his district. With Republicans assuming he will run again, it is the fist volley of a campaign in which Republicans promise to unseat Peterson, who has faced only a couple of close races since he first was elected. A Peterson comment claiming a quarter of his constituents link Sept.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Republican leaders plan to launch an advertising campaign against U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson. Deputy Republican Chairman Michael Brodkorb said the ad campaign is partially a result of the western Minnesota Democrat saying that a quarter of his constituents think the Bush administration had ties to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. "Twenty-five percent of my people believe the Pentagon and (then-Defense Secretary Donald) Rumsfeld were responsible for taking the twin towers down," Peterson told Politico, a Washington-based news organization.
ST. PAUL - U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson provided Republicans an opening to attack him when he said he does not hold town hall meetings in his western Minnesota district because many constituents believe the Bush administration helped carry out the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. "Twenty-five percent of my people believe the Pentagon and (then-Defense Secretary Donald) Rumsfeld were responsible for taking the twin towers down," Politico Monday quoted Democrat Peterson as saying.
ST. PAUL - U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann appears to have appeal well outside her district. While her aides deny she is interested in running for governor, an analysis by the University of Minnesota's Smart Politics blog shows her financial reach extends outside of her 6th Congressional District, which stretches from St. Cloud through northern Twin Cities suburbs into the eastern Twin Cities area. Eric Ostermeier reports that the colorful and quotable Republican raised more individual contributions in the St. Paul-area district served by U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum than did McCollum.
ST. PAUL - If Iran was behind the deaths of three Minnesota National Guard soldiers, already rocky relations with the United States could become worse, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Sunday from the Middle East. An Iraqi police official says his department arrested a man with Iranian connections in the attack that killed Spec. Daniel P. Drevnick, 22, of Woodbury, Spc. James Wertish, 20, of Olivia and Spec. Carlos E. Wilcox IV, 27, of Cottage Grove Thursday at their Basra, Iraq, base.
ST. PAUL - The future of Minnesota's largest-ever industrial development is in the hands of three state Appeals Court judges. Environmental groups want the judges to order state Department of Natural Resources officials to take a closer look at how Essar Steel Minnesota's planned $1.65 billion taconite mine and steel plant would affect global warming. The project near Nashwauk, on northeast Minnesota's Iron Range, is due to begin producing steel slabs by 2014. It will employ 500 people and state officials have compared its economic impact to Bloomington's Mall of America.