Minnesota leaders walk outside to talk to reporters Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, after they failed to reach a deal to call a special legislative session. From left are House Speaker Kurt Daudt, Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Staff Talks Begin New Work Toward Special Legislative Session

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a special legislative session dead just more than a month ago, but on Thursday, Sept. 22, legislative and executive branch staff members gather to discuss bringing legislators back this fall. The governor raised the possibility of resurrecting special session talks during a late-August State Fair interview and talked to House…
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Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, with Gov. Mark Dayton beside him, says on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, farmers have been included in making decisions related to argiculture. Some farmers and farm groups disagree. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Does Dayton Talk To Farmers Enough?

First it was an effort to keep agriculture runoff out of the state’s waters by the use of plant buffers, then last week it was a restriction on the use of some pesticides. Many of Minnesota’s farmers and farm organizations are not happy with Gov. Mark Dayton, who began both efforts without what farmers say…
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Audience members at a Minnesota State Fair military celebration on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2106, enjoy a fly-by of World War II aircraft. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Fair Celebrates Yellow Ribbon Program For Veterans

Minnesota leads the country in its Beyond Yellow Ribbon program to help military personnel, veterans and their families, and state leaders used the State Fair to celebrate. “Companies and communities have shown immense support,” Maj. Gen. Rick Nash, Minnesota National Guard’s adjutant general, told hundreds gathered at the Minnesota State Fair Tuesday to celebrate the…
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Taking a drink of what he said was clean Minnesota water, Gov. Mark Dayton launches a drive to get people to sign a pledge to protect the state's water on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Dayton Wants Minnesotans To Take Clean Water Pledge

Gov. Mark Dayton paused Tuesday before making an announcement. “Good Minnesota clean water…” he declared after drinking from a blue bottle at the Minnesota State Fair. “May we always keep it available.” Dayton then asked every Minnesotan to take a pledge to care for the state’s water. “It is something we can no longer take…
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announces on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, that he will not call a special legislative session, blaming Republicans for failing to support Twin Cities transit funding needs. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Chatter: Dayton Says Clean Water Tops Light Rail Politics

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he plans to campaign for clean water in coming months instead of against Republicans he blamed for torpedoing a special legislative session over a southwestern Twin Cities light rail proposal. The Democratic governor has been very strong in his statements against Republican opposition to the rail project, which he says…
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