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 -- It was a rough summer for Alyssa Courneya. The young Alexandria, Minn., woman did not know where she would go to school this fall. Then, near the end of summer, she received the news she wanted to hear: A federal Pell college grant was headed her way, meaning she could continue her studies at the College of St. Scholastica instead of a bigger school in the same city (the University of Minnesota Duluth) or a technical school that would not give her the background she needs to become a doctor. "I jumped up and down and I ripped up my UMD application," Courneya said.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Health Department officials say much of the H1N1 flu vaccine may not arrive until after Thanksgiving. Health-care providers had hoped to be giving more vaccinations for the pandemic H1N1 flu by now. "There are always some bumps in the road," State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield said Wednesday.
ST. PAUL -- Operators are standing by to answer calls from feverish, coughing and achy Minnesotans. What Minnesota health officials call the country's first statewide flu help line that can prescribe medicine launched Wednesday at (866) 259-4655. Minnesota FluLine, open 24 hours every day indefinitely, was established to give Minnesotans who think they have the flu a place to call for advice. Operators working 50 telephone lines will transfer sick Minnesotans to their own insurance companies or doctors' clinic nurse lines or provide a state-funded nurse.
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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota 2010 governor's race is unique. For one thing, the race is gearing up big time now, while it still is just 2009. It depends on how you count, but there are about 20 Republican and Democratic candidates already in the race, and more are bound to belly up to the bar. With half of the candidates serving in the Legislature, next year's session is sure to be affected.
ST. PAUL -- Marty Seifert of Marshall is running for governor, but will not seek re-election to his state House seat if that fails. The Republican lawmaker announced Thursday that he will finish out his term and then leave the House. Seifert is the second representative running for governor to say that. House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, a Minneapolis Democrat, also does not plan to run for another term.
ST. PAUL -- A trio of Minnesota legislators returned from Washington impressed with the enthusiasm of the state's congressional delegation about passing a health-care reform bill. At least Democrats were enthused. The Democratic legislators did not talk to congressional Republicans. Rep. Tom Huntley of Duluth said lots of work remains on the measure, which has two versions in the Senate and three in the House. "It is very much a work in progress." Huntley, Sen. Linda Berglin of Minneapolis and Rep. Erin Murphy of St.