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

New state economist Kalambokidis takes over from 'legend'

Laura Kalambokidis has the kind of job at the Capitol where many in the building absorb her every word in...

Updated: June 14, 2014, - 08:04 PM

Evolving Mark Dayton feels a strong libertarian impulse

The emerging portrait of Dayton since he assumed office reveals a more nuanced leader with a strong libertarian strain pulsing in his political blood line.

Updated: June 03, 2014, - 06:07 AM

PolyMet mining issue cuts deep into DFL unity at state convention

Activists at the state DFL convention decided against debating a proposal that would have made support of PolyMet Mining’s proposal to extract copper and nickel from a LTV mine part of the party platform.

Updated: June 02, 2014, - 06:31 AM

Johnson lands GOP endorsement for governor, but primary looms

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson beat out three other Republicans to capture his party’s endorsement for governor on Saturday. Now he must prepare to beat three more in the state’s first major contested GOP primary in two decades.

Updated: June 01, 2014, - 07:53 AM

Minnesota streamlines 1,200 laws under Dayton initiative

“Things don’t get undone in government very readily,” the DFL governor said of the changes approved by legislators this spring. “I think we are off to a very good start.”

Updated: May 27, 2014, - 09:53 PM

Jeff Johnson chooses Bill Kuisle as GOP running mate

And Scott Honour loaned his campaign $250K before upcoming convention.

Updated: May 22, 2014, - 06:06 AM

DFLers tout tax breaks, $1.17 billion in construction

“Progress,” Dayton says of session as DFL switches gears and moves on to campaigning to keep Capitol control.

Updated: May 20, 2014, - 09:51 PM

Verdict on hard-fought session shifts to Minnesota voters

Minnesota legislators who are dragging themselves home after an exhausting session now face an even larger challenge — gearing up for a wild election fight.

Updated: May 17, 2014, - 10:12 PM

Legislative panel moves to ban online scratch-offs

Proposal also would outlaw gas pump and ATM tickets.

Updated: May 16, 2014, - 09:17 PM

$1.1 billion bonding bill goes down to wire

Legislators discovered that a key water project might not qualify under statewide borrowing rules.

Updated: May 15, 2014, - 10:51 PM

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