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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.

Other issues delayed the bill's advance at the Capitol for months, but it appeared poised to move forward on Friday.
Lawmakers face a Sunday deadline to complete spending and tax bills and to pass them through both chambers. As of Friday morning, they had extensive work left to complete before then.
A conference committee on Thursday approved a compromise liquor bill and moved it forward.
State leaders said the situation was expected to improve within four to six weeks as additional varieties come to market.
Lawmakers on Wednesday tried to flesh out details for several spending bills at the Capitol ahead of a legislative deadline.
The GOP-led chamber on Wednesday voted down a procedural motion to pull a bill out of committee and up for a vote on the floor.
The plan greenlights a variety of projects with money from Minnesota's outdoor heritage, clean water, parks and trails and cultural heritage funds.
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.