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Alex Derosier

Minnesota Reporter

Alex Derosier covers Minnesota breaking news and state government for Forum News Service. He previously spent almost three years as a digital producer and news editor for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Before that, he worked at The Associated Press in Raleigh, N.C, and contributed research to investigations at CBS News in Washington, D.C. He can be reached via email at aderosier@forumcomm.com.

Languages spoken: English

Recent articles by Alex Derosier
The GOP candidates addressed hundreds gathered Monday on the Capitol steps after Scott Jensen and several others officially registered with the scretary of state to run in 2022. Jensen, a former state senator and Chaska family-practice physician skeptical of COVID-19 vaccines and restrictions, started campaigning for governor in 2021.

The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, May 19, advanced a betting bill toward a vote of the full Senate, but with a key disagreement with the House on which groups should be able to run mobile and in-person sports betting in Minnesota, it remains uncertain if the chambers will be able to reach a deal by late Sunday night — the deadline to pass any bills.
April’s unemployment rate was down from 2.5% in March, marking the seventh month the figure has decreased, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported Thursday, May 19.
If signed into law by the governor, the legislation would prohibit life insurance, long-term care insurance or disability insurance carriers from declining or limiting coverage to living organ or marrow donors.
Republican candidate Doug Wardlow is continuing his campaign after political newcomer Jim Schultz won the Minnesota GOP endorsement Friday at the party's state convention in Rochester. Typically, Minnesota Republican candidates honor their party’s endorsement and do not run in the August primary election.
Five candidates for governor sought the party endorsement at the GOP state convention in Rochester. By the ninth round of voting, Jensen, a family practice physician and former state senator skeptical of COVID-19 lockdowns and vaccine mandates, bested former congressional candidate Kendall Qualls.
The 36-year-old attorney describes himself as a political outsider and law and order candidate. In his acceptance speech, Schultz criticized incumbent Democratic-Farmer-Labor Attorney General Keith Ellison’s handling of the rise of violent crime in the state.
More than 2,000 delegates on Friday picked endorsements for attorney general, secretary of state and auditor. They'll take up the governor's endorsement Saturday morning.
It’s a significant development for the state’s growing craft brewing and distilling industries, which have been pushing for years to expand what they can sell directly from their operations. Distilleries want to be able to sell larger bottles, and the state’s biggest craft breweries have wanted fewer restrictions on the sale of growlers, the large glass bottles typically used to carry draft beer poured from taphouses.
The House DFL-led proposal would use the state’s historic $9.25 billion budget surplus to boost education funding by $3.3 billion into 2025. The Senate proposal does not call for significant new spending and instead would push to boost reading proficiency scores.
It’s a key step in an election year, where the parties decide which candidates they will commit resources to ahead of the August primary. But the endorsement is no guarantee of success in November.