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

Brodkorb settles lawsuit against Minnesota Senate for $30,000

The ex-Senate aide, fired in 2011 after then Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch admitted the two were having an affair, agreed to pay his own legal fees. Taxpayers have already spent more than $300,000 in legal fees defending the Senate.

Updated: September 27, 2013, - 06:17 AM

Minnesota's gay marriage allies are at odds

Minnesotans United PAC’s support for anti-abortion candidates is proving to be divisive with NOW chapter that helped in marriage push.

Updated: September 25, 2013, - 10:42 PM

Political divide emerges on plan to overhaul Minnesota judicial elections

New proposal would end open judicial elections, but give voters a chance to keep or dump judges.

Updated: September 22, 2013, - 09:46 PM

Former Minnesota GOP chairman Tony Sutton declares bankruptcy

Tony and Bridget Sutton say they owe $2.1 million in filing for Chapter 7.

Updated: September 09, 2013, - 06:01 AM

DFL legislative leaders lay out session agenda

State-backed construction projects, amendments and minimum wage are on tap, as Republicans press for tax relief.

Updated: August 31, 2013, - 06:15 PM

Three generations of fly fishermen

On Wisconsin’s Namekagon River, a son shares the family tradition of fly fishing with his wife and two sons.

Updated: August 30, 2013, - 07:06 AM

Minimum wage advocates take their fight to the State Fair

The fight to raise the state’s minimum wage pursued a higher profile Tuesday, as labor organizers and faith leaders converged on the State Fair to turn up pressure on legislators to raise the base wage to $9.50 an hour.

Updated: August 27, 2013, - 10:58 PM

Aug. 21: Tobacco tax in bank for new stadium

The one-time tax imposed on tobacco inventories raised $30 million, more than enough to cover the state’s first bond payments on...

Updated: August 21, 2013, - 12:00 AM

Former DFL speaker now backing GOP push for tax cuts

The new levy could be a hindrance to investment in expanding high-speed Internet, official says.

Updated: August 20, 2013, - 08:33 PM

S. Minnesota could be poised for economic transformation

Gov. Mark Dayton says a $6 billion Destination Medical Center could transform Rochester and become a powerful economic engine for the state.

Updated: August 18, 2013, - 10:45 AM

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