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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 dferguson@forumcomm.com or 651-290-0707.

During the hour-and-a-half long debate, Republican candidate Scott Jensen frequently veered from agriculture questions to talk about the state's response to the pandemic.
The candidate for governor shared his proposal at Farmfest a day before he was set to face off with Gov. Tim Walz there on Wednesday.
The conversation about agriculture and rural issues came a week before the special election in southern Minnesota as well as the primary to determine who will be up for the next full term.
Robertson leaves the agency after working there for 34 years and recently overseeing the rollout of the $500 million pandemic worker pay program.
State health officials said the cases had been detected since Minnesota tracked its first monkeypox case about a month ago.
Faced with growing inflation, gas prices and interest rate hikes, Gov. Tim Walz proposed the one-time checks. He's not been able to find GOP support for the idea.
A St. Paul district court judge earlier this month said state restrictions on abortion were unconstitutional and blocked their enforcement. Attorney General Keith Ellison said he wouldn't appeal the ruling.
The governor shared the roadmap days after the state recorded the lowest unemployment rate of any state ever and months before he was expected to appear on the ballot for reelection. The broad-based proposal would boost spending to child care, health care, transportation infrastructure and other programs.
Walz and most other Democrats vying for statewide office outraised their Republican challengers ahead of the pre-primary deadline to report campaign finance figures.
The applicant pool was nearly double what officials expected, which means checks for eligible workers could be lower than the $750 they initially planned.