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Dana Ferguson

Minnesota Capitol Correspondent

Dana Ferguson is a Minnesota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. Ferguson has covered state government and political stories since she joined the news service in 2018, reporting on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the divided Statehouse and the 2020 election.

Ferguson is a St. Louis Park native and a current St. Paul resident who enjoys getting to know fellow Minnesotans and telling their stories.

Prior to joining Forum Communications, Ferguson covered the South Dakota Legislature for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. In that position, she won several awards for her reporting on state government and health care issues.

She speaks both English and Spanish and would welcome your story ideas, feedback and recipe suggestions. You can reach her at or 651-290-0707.

With just a week left in the legislative session, the leaders set out their broad parameters for how the money should be spent and said conference committees would determine specifics for how the funds would go out over the coming days.
Democrats in the GOP-led chamber said they moved to bring the bills to the floor without committee approval following the leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion on abortion.
The contracts of tens of thousands of state employees were approved last year and the Minnesota House of Representatives approved them but the Senate has not.
Now, lawmakers from the House and Senate will meet to try and write a compromise bill that can please both Democrats and Republicans.
Hortman on Twitter said that she had minor symptoms and was vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.
The proposals are likely to face opposition from Democrats who've proposed more targeted tax credits for groups that they say need them most.
Republicans who carried the bill said it would benefit families and small business owners, while Democrats said it wouldn't do enough to offer paid time for workers.
Department of Labor and Industry leaders said they'd contracted a vendor to build out the application website and planned to get it up and running in June.
Roughly 115,000 people are expected to travel to the state for the event, which is projected to bring in $70 million in economic impact.
The Minnesota Senate and House swiftly passed the funding after pulling the proposal out of a larger spending bill. It would help finish construction on three veterans' homes and provide bonuses to those who served after Sept. 11, 2001.