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2009 Minnesota Quality Award Celebrates Excellence


Tue, Jun 1st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, May 20, 2010 - The Minnesota Council for Quality honored Workforce Development, Inc. and eight other recipients of the 2009 Quality Award, which recognizes Minnesota's leading organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement and sustained superior results. The award is based on the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and is the culmination of a rigorous evaluation of an organization's management system. Evaluation criteria includes leadership, planning, customer-related processes, measurement systems, workforce engagement, and core processes.



Commenting on Tuesday's awards ceremony, Brian Lassiter, president of the Minnesota Council for Quality said, "Today we heard from many organizations that are on the journey to excellence - businesses, schools, healthcare organizations, and non-profit agencies. These organizations have committed leaders, visions for the future, and a sharp focus on their customers and stakeholders. Their efforts are improving productivity, competitiveness, and outcomes of Minnesota organizations."



All nine award recipients were recognized Tuesday evening in a celebration at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, attended by nearly 350 Minnesota leaders.



"Tough economic times often mean organizations retreat to past practice," said Lynn Willenbring, Chair of the Minnesota Council for Quality Board of Directors and CIO for the City of Minneapolis. "The organizations recognized at the 19th Annual Minnesota Quality Awards are leaders who have proven that dedication to quality promotes sustained success."

There are four award categories - commitment, advancement, achievement and excellence - to honor the appropriate stage of their improvement journey. Since 1991, 114 Minnesota organizations have received recognition.

The complete listing of 2009 Minnesota Quality Award Winners includes:

Albert Lea Medical Center, Albert Lea (Achievement Level)

Austin Medical Center, Austin (Advancement Level)

Benedictine Health System, Duluth (Achievement Level)

Cardinal of Minnesota, Rochester (Advancement Level)

Dover-Eyota Schools, Eyota (Commitment Level)

Minneapolis VA Medical Center (Achievement Level)

Rochester Community & Technical College (Achievement Level)

State of Minnesota, Dept of Human Services, Chemical & Mental Health Services Administration (Commitment Level)

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BBB, MN Cyber Crime Task Force Warn Small Businesses Foreign Hackers Are Targeting Them Immediate PCI Compliance Urged

Tue, May 25th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

May 25, 2010 - St. Paul, MN - The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) and the Minnesota Cyber Crime Task Force (MCCTF) are issuing a warning to all small businesses that process credit cards. Foreign hackers are targeting small ..... 
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STILLWATER TEENS' TV SPOT WINS "DON'T TEXT & DRIVE" CONTEST

Mon, May 24th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - A TV public service announcement produced by Stillwater teens humorously showing a nagging mom pushing cigarettes and alcohol onto her son - and other unsafe choices - won in a landslide in the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)/A ..... 
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TASTE OF MINNESOTA ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 100 HOURS OF NONSTOP LIVE MUSIC

Thu, May 20th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 20, 2010) -Taste of Minnesota will rock the Harriet Island riverfront with more than 100 hours of live music and a lineup that's bigger, bolder and better than years' past.

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Dylan Days taps Range roots

Wed, May 19th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

HIBBING, Minnesota - The 9th annual Dylan Days event in Bob Dylan's hometown

will be May 27-30 and organizers are "bringin' it all back home."

"This year our mix of music, art, literature and theater will take on even

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Minnesota Association of Museums Celebrates Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund

Tue, May 18th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN: The Minnesota Association of Museums is pleased to announce "The Summit at Summit: A Celebration of Minnesota's Arts, Cultural, and Heritage Fund," organized for museum professionals and all Minnesotans working in the arts, culture a ..... 
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Minnesota Weekly Gas Price Update

Mon, May 17th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota, MN, May 17- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.78/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.87/ ..... 
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AIRPORT FOUNDATION MSP ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 2010 MSP EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Mon, May 17th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN - The Airport Foundation MSP awarded three Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport employees with a trophy, certificate, and check for $1,000 at the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) board meeting today.


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Veto of statewide health insurance wastes opportunity to save millions for schools

Wed, May 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 11, 2010 - Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher released the following statement today regarding the veto of a statewide health insurance bill for school employees.



"Gov. Pawlenty's veto of the statewide healt ..... 
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