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

Republicans lean on MNsure to make case against Dayton

Rocky rollout could hurt governor in campaign for a second term. But DFLers are confident problems will be resolved.

Updated: January 19, 2014, - 03:55 PM

Embattled MNsure director resigns amid criticism

With enrollment deadline looming, exchange board replaces April Todd-Malmlov with veteran health care leader Scott Leitz.

Updated: January 17, 2014, - 10:58 AM

Jan. 15, 2014: Dayton gets chance to reshape ticket as Lt. Gov. departs

Prettner Solon will finish term but won’t join boss in seeking another.

Updated: January 14, 2014, - 11:35 PM

Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon to reveal her political future Tuesday

The 67-year-old Democrat has spent the last three years as a quiet leader in the areas of sustainable energy and broad transportation initiatives.

Updated: January 14, 2014, - 10:04 AM

Gambling critics blast Minnesota lottery's online expansion plans

Lottery officials say exhaustive studies of similar online gambling operations in other countries contradict the criticism.

Updated: January 09, 2014, - 07:09 PM

New Minnesota online lottery offerings bring hope, renewed scrutiny

Officials hope to expand sales at stores and attract new customers, but some legislators fear the expansion.

Updated: December 21, 2013, - 11:36 PM

Hotdish Politics: MNsure intensifies political fight

The deeply partisan debate surrounding the MNsure rollout continues to intensify in Minnesota and beyond.The abrupt resignation and replacement of...

Updated: December 21, 2013, - 05:08 PM

MNsure and its director are under fire

Critics continue to question timing of director’s tropical vacation.

Updated: December 17, 2013, - 09:54 AM

PolyMet mining project tears at DFL unity

PolyMet plant could unlock a new era of mining and jobs, but fears of long-term environmental damage strain the party’s alliances.

Updated: December 15, 2013, - 07:03 AM

Minnesota GOP moves HQ into DFL stronghold in Minneapolis

GOP says moving headquarters to Minneapolis neighborhood will put it “closer to the people.”

Updated: December 09, 2013, - 11:00 PM

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