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Don Davis

Don Davis is the Bemidji Pioneer's capitol correspondent in St. Paul

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Again, Pawlenty fails to reach VP medals stand

ST. PAUL – Mitt Romney picked a Midwestern politician for his running mate: U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.


Capitol Chatter: Candidates use forum to drill home specific points

REDWOOD FALLS – Farmers listening to the two major-party candidates for U.S. Senate may not have understood just where they stood on some issues after a Farmfest forum, but they could not have missed two points:


Farmers’ message to politicians: Work together

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — Gene Stengel and Roger Dale sprinkled seasoning on pork chops, then grilled them to just the right temperature to serve to hungry Farmfest visitors.

U.S. Senate: Klobuchar, Bills show differences in ag, renewable fuels policies

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. – Minnesota’s endorsed Republican U.S. Senate candidate says American farmers should be left alone, with less federal support, much like oil producers in western North Dakota.


Dayton: Anything for disaster is better than nothing

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — Republicans were surprised Tuesday when they learned how much Gov. Mark Dayton wants for disaster relief, but the Democratic governor said Tuesday that even the GOP’s lower figure is better than nothing.

Dayton spars with Parry over medicine

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton says he takes pills for his depression and stomach acid problems, but adds that a state senator lied about his pill popping.


House candidates strive to please farmers

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — It is no surprise that U.S. House candidates speaking to farmers will say they support agriculture, but on Tuesday, six of them delivered subtle signs of differences.

Senator says Dayton popped pills in meeting

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. - A Republican state senator running for Congress says Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton popped pills during a meeting earlier this year.

Capitol Chatter: Are you ready for a recount?

ST. PAUL — Minnesota election officials say a recount is possible in Aug. 14 primary election state Supreme Court races.

Going to Capitol? Good luck

ST. PAUL – People struggle to get to the “people house” this summer.

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Regular candidates tough to judge

ST. PAUL – Ole Savior’s big issue was opposing nuclear weapons, but he ran for governor, where nuclear weapons seldom come into play.