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Minimum wage bill

April 14, 2014 Gov.?Mark Dayton is set to sign the Minimum Wage bill passed by the Democrats in the Legislature. The bill will take the state’s minimum wage from among the lowest in the nation to among the highes. more »»

Tax Freedom Day comes later and later under Obama

April 13, 2014 Tuesday, April 15, is the deadline for filing income tax returns. But Tax Freedom Day for Americans, on average, is April 21 this year. more »»

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

April 12, 2014 Town hall meeting THUMBS UP: District 88 held its first “town hall” meeting this week, a chance for members of the public to get together with school board members and administrators to ask... more »»

Invest in Corridors of Commerce

April 12, 2014 Disappointed and confused. That’s how I feel about the lack of focus on transportation this legislative session. more »»

Health Care Happenings: Inside health care at New Ulm Medical Center

April 12, 2014 Integrator. Increasingly at New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) we see that a key role for us is to be the integrator of health services for the region we serve. more »»

Anti-bullying law can’t be worse than bullying

April 11, 2014 Minnesota has a new anti-bullying law, the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, passed over the objections of the Legisalture’s Republican caucus and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton. more »»

Senate panel passes office plan

April 10, 2014 The DFLers on the Minnesota Senate Rules Committee have passed — on a strictly partisan vote — a lower cost plan to build a new Senate office building near the state Capito. more »»

Coping with mental illness in the military

April 9, 2014 Programs to help U.S. servicemen and women suffering from mental challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder, have been around for decades. Clearly, more effort needs to be put into them. more »»

Weeds: The original Universal Donor

April 9, 2014 Last week I took part in the Red Cross Blood Drive at St. Mary’s School. Giving blood is quite relaxing. The staff is exceedingly friendly. First, they screen you for a few things. more »»

Adventure at sea no place for children

April 8, 2014 Adults have every right to take risks, as long as they understand that if taxpayers have to foot the bills to get them out of jams, they will be liable for part or all of the cost. more »»

Quick endorsement in First District

April 6, 2014 The First District Republican endorsing convention was quite a contrast this year to the 2012 marathon that resulted in no endorsement, and is blamed by many Republicans for the Republicans’ loss to... more »»

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

April 5, 2014 Snow could be worse THUMBS UP: When you get a big snowfall in April, it’s very helpful to look on the bright side. We’ll give it a try: First, it could have been a lot worse. more »»

Let legislators make their own decisions

April 4, 2014 We have commented in the past on the folly of legislators using state constitutional amendments to turn their partisan agendas into state law when they lack the votes to get it done by regular mean. more »»

Eagle Update: Sale of the Middle School

April 4, 2014 Most are aware by now that the school district has sold the former middle school property. more »»

Gather data on legislative immunity

April 3, 2014 State Sen. Kathy Sheran has introduced a bill to deal with the issue of legislative immunity for DWIs. more »»

Transportation funding

April 2, 2014 The Senate Transportation and Public Safety Division of the Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing today on Senate File 2107, a bill involving bonding for trunk highway... more »»

Whatever the name, carp not wanted

March 30, 2014 As if there were not enough issues to occupy the time and talents of our Minnesota legislators this year, there are proposals making their way along to change what the DNR calls those big, gluttonou... more »»

Time to move on former school

March 29, 2014 Time to move on former school District 88 has tried to sell the former school building at 15 N. State St. for about seven years. more »»

Marijuana issue needs more serious consideration

March 28, 2014 The issue of medical marijuana needs more serious consideration than our governor seems to be giving it. more »»

Sunday liquor sales not exactly a hot-button issue

March 27, 2014 Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL) of Duluth has apparently been a longtime advocate of allowing Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota. more »»

 
 
 

 

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