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Alex Derosier

Minnesota Reporter

Alex Derosier covers Minnesota breaking news and state government for Forum News Service. He previously spent almost three years as a digital producer and news editor for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Before that, he worked at The Associated Press in Raleigh, N.C., and contributed research to investigations at CBS News in Washington, D.C. He can be reached via email at aderosier@forumcomm.com.

Languages spoken: English

Recent articles by Alex Derosier
New job numbers from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development show seasonally-adjusted unemployment held at 1.8% in July, holding at an all-time low reached in June.

Tomassoni, an independent lawmaker from Chisholm, was first elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 1992. He revealed his diagnosis with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2021, and continued to serve as a senator.
Last month, the public safety department announced more state patrol troopers would patrol the Twin Cities following a chaotic Fourth of July weekend in Minneapolis that left several injured.
Primary elections typically have a significantly lower turnout than the November general election. Minnesota has had nation-leading voter turnout in its last three general elections, reaching nearly 80% in 2020.
The Associated Press called the race for Schultz at around 10:35 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. With 73% of precincts reporting, Schultz had 54% of the vote, with candidate Doug Wardlow at 35%. Perennial candidate Sharon Anderson had around 12% of the vote.
A mother and foster parent from McGregor, Minnesota, sued under the Minnesota Human Rights Act in 2019 after a pharmacist said he couldn’t fill her prescription for the “morning after" pill Ella because of his religious beliefs. However, the jury found the longtime pharmacist liable for $25,000 in emotional damages. Legal advocacy nonprofit Gender Justice said it will file for an appeal in the case.
The two candidates in the Republican primary for attorney general are political newcomer Jim Schultz and 2018 candidate Doug Wardlow. Incumbent Keith Ellison is the likely DFL nominee.
Traverse County Attorney Matthew Franzese is petitioning Ramsey County District Court Judge Thomas Gilligan to intervene in a case that ended Minnesota abortion restrictions, including a 24-hour wait period. Attorney General Keith Ellison, who was defending the state’s laws in that case, announced last week he would not appeal the ruling.
Ahead of elections, local polling places are required to open to the public to show their ballot counting equipment is accurate and in working order. Typically it’s a routine affair that doesn’t attract much interest, but election administration has been thrust into the spotlight following unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud in 2020.
Keith Ellison has joined other attorneys general in an Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force investigating “gateway providers” that sell access to U.S. telephone networks. The ultimate goal is to bring legal action against the companies and cut down on illegal robocalls.
A mother from McGregor, Minnesota, sued under the Minnesota Human Rights Act in 2019 after a pharmacist at a Thrifty White Pharmacy, the only pharmacy in the town, said he couldn’t fill her prescription for the “morning after pill” Ella because of his religious beliefs.