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$456,000 in Small Cities Development Program Grant is received by La Crescent and Dakota Minnesota


Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Today Mike Poellinger, Mayor, announced that La Crescent and Dakota Minnesota have received a grant of $456,000 for improvements to owner occupied single family homes. "This is a big deal, said Poellinger, the grant will rehab twenty homes for our low to moderate income residents".



This grant is important to La Crescent and Dakota because it improves the local housing stock, stabilizes neighborhoods, contributes to improved living conditions for residents and stimulates the local economy.



The money must be used to do energy related repairs including replacement of windows, roofs, furnaces, exterior doors and domestic water heating.



Locally the program will be administered by the La Crescent Building Official Paul Kenaga who indicated that "applications will be taken after the notification of release of funds has been received from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)".



The grant was prepared by Michelle Vrieze from Southeastern Minnesota Development Corporation (SEMDC), Chatfield, MN. Planning Commission Chair Donald Smith said, "The City invested $1000 to have SEMDC write the grant and received a 40000% return. We congratulate and thank SEMDC as they provided the expertise and experience with over 20 years of successful applications for Small Cities Development Grants".



The grants were awarded under the Small Cities Development Program through funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In Minnesota the program is administered by DEED, who makes grants available to cities and townships with populations under 50,000.

For additional information contact:

Donald Smith, Chairman Plan Commission 608.792.9897

Bill Waller, City Administrator 507.895.2595

Mike Poellinger, Mayor 608.785.1234

Education Minnesota endorses Anderson Kelliher for governor

Mon, May 10th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 8, 2010 - Education Minnesota announced Saturday that it has endorsed Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher for governor of Minnesota.



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Minnesota Weekly Gas Price Update and Outlook

Mon, May 10th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota, MN, May 10- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 1.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.88/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.9 ..... 
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Minnesota Receives Recovery Act Funding for Job Training

Thu, May 6th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Washington DC - Today, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken, Representative Tim Walz, Representative Jim Oberstar and Representative Betty McCollum announced Minnesota will receive $5.5 million through the Recovery Act to provide reemployment se ..... 
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Southeast Minnesota Job Seekers Outnumber Job Openings 7-to-1

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

The latest Job Vacancy Survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development shows that in Southeast Minnesota* there are 18,500 unemployed workers competing for 2,500 unfilled jobs. This means that job seekers outnumber job ope ..... 
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WALZ ANNOUNCES $12 MILLION RECOVERY ACT GRANT TO MAYO CLINIC TO SPUR LOCAL INNOVATION, JOBS

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Washington, DC- Today at a press conference with Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Congressman Walz announced that Mayo Clinic was selected as 1 of 15 communities nationally to serve as a pilot p ..... 
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Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher says thank you on National Teacher Day

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 4, 2010: Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher offered his congratulations to all 70,000 state educators on Wednesday, which is National Teacher Day.



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Ryan Vernosh named 2010 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Brooklyn Park, Minn., May 2, 2010 - Ryan Vernosh, a sixth-grade teacher at Maxfield Magnet Elementary School in St. Paul, has been chosen 2010 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.



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Minnesota Weekly Gas Price Update

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota, MN, May 3- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 7.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.86/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.90 ..... 
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