Baird Helgeson

Reporter | Politics and government
Phone: 651-925-5044
Baird Helgeson covers all aspects of Minnesota politics, the state budget, the administration and state agencies.

Recent content from Baird Helgeson

Minnesota lottery officials try to salvage online sales

Minnesota State Lottery officials have been meeting daily with legislators to broker a compromise that would allow them to continue selling tickets online while prohibiting any new initiatives.

Updated: May 09, 2014, - 05:35 AM

Minnesota revenue officials racing to get refunds out

The tax break passed in the middle of filing season has revenue officials scrambling.

Updated: May 06, 2014, - 09:37 PM

Senate wants $1.16 billion for higher education, transportation, housing

Several Republicans are critical of the proposal, which was unveiled with two weeks left in the session.

Updated: May 06, 2014, - 06:52 AM

DFLers seek late boost in construction spending

Senate DFLers plan to announce an $850 million spending plan Monday morning, but DFL leaders are trying to persuade Republicans to support a higher amount of state-backed debt.

Updated: May 04, 2014, - 11:00 PM

Jim Oberstar, Iron Range's longtime congressman, dies at 79

First elected from Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District in 1974, he served until he was upset at the polls by Republican Chip Cravaack in 2010.

Updated: May 03, 2014, - 10:35 PM

Minnesota House OKs gun ban for abusers, stalkers

Stalkers, domestic abusers would be restricted; support is bipartisan.

Updated: May 01, 2014, - 08:55 AM

Thursday: Dayton pushes education, transportation

Gov. Mark Dayton prodded legislators to invest more in education and transportation and to be more ambitious in spending on state projects.

Updated: May 01, 2014, - 06:36 AM

Senate GOP blasts DFLers for consultant

Senate Republicans accuse their Democratic counterparts of paying a consultant who also has special media access to Senate floor debates.The...

Updated: April 29, 2014, - 10:17 AM

Minnesota is close to new gun limits

Minnesota could be on the verge of breakthrough changes in some of its gun laws, as a bipartisan group of lawmakers heads toward passing a bill to end firearm ownership for convicted stalkers and domestic abusers.

Updated: April 26, 2014, - 10:00 PM

Minnesota Senate votes to ban online lottery ticket sales

Minnesota’s fledgling online lottery operation has been thrown into jeopardy as the state Senate passed a measure Friday banning Internet...

Updated: April 25, 2014, - 11:07 PM

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