Baird Helgeson

Team leader | Minneapolis
Phone: 612-673-7193
Baird Helgeson leads a team of reporters who cover the city of Minneapolis. Previously, he was a reporter who wrote about Minnesota politics, the state budget, the administration and state agencies for the Star Tribune.

Recent content from Baird Helgeson

PAC backs Minnesota's gay marriage coalition

Minnesotans United forms a group to raise money for the DFL and GOP legislators who cast yes votes.

Updated: May 15, 2013, - 09:45 PM

State says 'I do' to same-sex marriage; 7,000 witness signing

"You changed the course of history," Gov. Dayton said as Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Updated: May 15, 2013, - 10:01 AM

Minn. poised to become 12th state to legalize gay marriage

The 37-30 vote came after a failed, last-ditch attempt by opponents to scuttle the measure. Only one Republican, Sen. Branden Petersen, joined a majority of DFL legislators.

Updated: May 14, 2013, - 09:59 AM

Minnesota budget deal: Tax hikes on high earners, tobacco

Revenue increases would boost school spending and fund a property tax relief plan. GOP responded with scorn.

Updated: May 13, 2013, - 08:20 AM

Minnesota gay marriage deal has roots in gun debate

Shelving gun bills helped complete a turnaround in just one session and set up Monday’s Senate vote.

Updated: May 11, 2013, - 11:53 PM

No. 9: Minnesota House approves gay marriage bill

The measure passed with resounding DFL support and votes from four Republicans. The measure now goes to the Senate on Monday.

Updated: May 11, 2013, - 12:11 PM

Dayton working on new Vikings stadium funding plan

Dayton, legislative leaders target tax loopholes but not new casinos.

Updated: May 09, 2013, - 06:11 AM

Minnesota House set to vote on same-sex marriage today

Advocates on both sides continued to press legislators in preparation for Thursday’s vote.

Updated: May 09, 2013, - 05:50 AM

Minnesota same-sex marriage vote nears the finish line

The simmering fight over same-sex marriage spilled into the open Monday, as both sides erupted in a final, frantic push on an issue that has divided the State Capitol for months.

Updated: May 06, 2013, - 11:30 PM

Tom Bakk standing firm on clothing tax as state budget solution

But Bakk’s soaring political currency took a body blow this week when the DFL-controlled Senate got caught by some shrewd, last-minute GOP vote-flipping and failed by a slim margin to pass its own tax bill.

Updated: May 04, 2013, - 06:02 AM

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