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Safety Reminder from Minnesota Energy Resources


Thu, Aug 9th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Rochester, MN – Minnesota Energy Resources reminds everyone on August 11, or 8/11, to call 8-1-1 BEFORE attempting any projects that require digging. Calling the “8-1-1 Gopher State One Call” should be the homeowner and contractor’s first step before putting a shovel in the ground to plant trees, shrubs and flowers or working on any digging projects in the yard. This also includes simply installing a roadside mailbox or digging postholes for a deck. Knowing where utility lines are buried before each digging project helps protect those who dig from injury, expense and penalties and ensures the reliability of the system. The 8-1-1 Gopher State One Call network is part of a coordinated nationwide underground utility location system that is set up for everyone’s safety.

Minnesota Energy Resources has nearly 4,500 miles of underground natural gas pipelines and over 211,000 natural gas lateral services in the 165 communities it serves.

Minnesota Energy Resources records indicate a very high percentage of accidental dig-ins result from people not calling “8-1-1” before they dig. Most customers are aware of the “8-1-1” system, but do not think it applies unless they are using some larger power digging equipment. The unfortunate result may be serious injuries and disruption of utility service to entire neighborhoods.

To request a locate, either call the 8-1-1 Gopher State One Call or log onto www.gopherstateonecall.org Customers will be asked a few questions about their location and project. Specialists using sophisticated equipment will respond to the site and mark the location of all buried facilities (natural gas, electric, cable, telecommunications) on your property within a few working days.

Add Immunizations to Your Back to School Checklist

Thu, Aug 9th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The following is an unpublished Op/Ed from Commissioners Brenda Cassellius and Ed Ehlinger, and University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital representatives Kathie Taranto and Joe Neglia. This Op/Ed is being sent for use in your paperâ ..... 
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SDA Announces Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

Thu, Aug 9th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, August 8, 2012 - Agriculture Secretary Vilsack today announced the award of 70 grants to tribes, educational institutions and non-profit organizations across the country to conduct training, outreach and technical assistance for socially ..... 
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MDA issues consumer advisory for recalled organic grape tomatoes

Wed, Aug 8th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers to the recall of Menno Beachy brand Certified Organic Grape Tomatoes after routine testing by the Department found a sample of the product to be contaminated wit ..... 
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HEALTH OFFICIALS INVESTIGATE DEATH DUE TO SUSPECTED AMEBIC INFECTION

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating the death of an elementary school aged child due to suspected primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a very rare form of meningitis caused by an amoeba associated with warm freshwater. Confirmati ..... 
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Women’s Foundation of Minnesota joins Partnership for Women’s Prosperity

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has joined a notable list of women’s foundations from across the country and the Walmart Foundation to launch A Partnership for Women’s Prosperity — a platform to share best practices an ..... 
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Commerce Department returns $19 million to Minnesota consumers in 2012

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – Sometimes money goes missing due to a change of address or a death in the family. That’s when the Minnesota Department of Commerce steps in to help Minnesotans find and claim what is rightfully theirs. This year alone the Commerce ..... 
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MNGOP Files Complaint with Campaign Finance Board Regarding Steve Smith's Failure to File

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

St. Paul – Today, the Republican Party of Minnesota filed a complaint against Representative Steve Smith running in House District 33B against Republican endorsed candidate, Cindy Pugh. To date, Smith has failed to file his 15th day pre-primary-ele ..... 
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WEST's Ten-Month Leadership Development Program: Leading for Impact: A Journey of Self-Discovery, Career Success and Community Contribution

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 6, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Out of its commitment to help women, WEST: Advancing Women in Science and Technology is launching a ten-month leadership program to develop women in their STEM careers as leaders so that they co ..... 
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