Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
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It’s all about relationships. That’s how Sen. Katie Sieben views the Minnesota Legislature, where she is ending her 14-year tenure. “It’s still largely an institution of relationships, and the ability to get things done is largely driven by people’s willingness to compromise and to work with advocates on the other side of the aisle,” Sieben, a Cottage Grove Democrat, said. The relationships and people also are what she will miss most upon ending her time as a lawmaker after more than a decade.
When Dan McIntyre was a kid, he would ride his bicycle out to power lines in Hastings and watch his dad Jim work as a lineman. He knew that’s what he wanted to do in the future. For the past 33 years, McIntyre, who lives in Hastings, has been a lineman with Xcel Energy. He works out of Newport, though much of his time is spent on sites supervising and working on the power lines that crisscross the area landscape. “I absolutely love it,” McIntyre said.
Area Democrats narrowed down their candidates for state office this weekend. Cottage Grove City Council member Jen Peterson got the district’s endorsement for the House of Representatives 54A seat over Warren Claflin of South St. Paul. Attendees also endorsed Rep. Dan Schoen for the Senate District 54 seat and Don Slaten of Hastings for House 54B, both without other DFL challengers. Peterson won the endorsement on the first ballot at the convention Saturday at South St. Paul High School.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota communities have plenty of suggestions for how to spend state dollars borrowed for public works projects. In fact, they have too many. State lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton are working to whittle down more than 150 requests topping $3 billion for trails, civic and community centers, roads and bridges, and many other projects. "There is a huge need in every single area," said Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St.