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Sen. Franken seeks entrants to poetry contest for Minnesota students


Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — In recognition of the Month of the Military Child and National Poetry Month in April, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced that he is hosting his third annual poetry contest for Minnesota students. The theme of this year’s contest is “Celebrating the Veteran in My Life.”

“With the Iraq war over and America’s role in Afghanistan winding down, there are thousands of students all across Minnesota who truly understand the sacrifices veterans and their families have made for our country,” Sen. Franken said. “Some of them are children of current service members, while others know men and women who have served. This poetry contest will allow students to honor those veterans and to put into their own words what those sacrifices have meant to them.”

The contest is open to all children of military families in Minnesota grades K-12, with three age categories: Kindergarten to 6th grade; 7th to 9th grades; and 10th to 12th grades.

Winners will be chosen in each age category. Those selected will receive an invitation to attend a reception at Sen. Franken’s St. Paul office. Guests include Sen. Franken; Minnesota Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Larry Shellito; Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen; Minnesota National Guard Major General Rick Nash; and Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.

Top winning poems in each category will be framed and displayed in Sen. Franken’s offices in St. Paul or Washington, D.C. The overall winner in each age group will receive an autographed book by famed Minnesota author Garrison Keillor.

If you or someone you know wishes to participate in Sen. Franken’s poetry contest, please submit a poem by April 18, 2014 to poetry@franken.senate.gov or by mail to:

Office of Sen. Al Franken

c/o ‘Poetry Contest’

60 Plato Boulevard East, Suite 220

St. Paul, MN 55107

Participants may submit only one entry, with a maximum word count of 250 words. Each entry must include the name of the child, the parent/guardian’s name, a phone number, and the name of the child’s school. Please clearly indicate the participant’s age category.

MNsure Completes Contact Center Representative Surge

Tue, Feb 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

100 total additional agents taking calls tomorrow; hold times reduced by more than 90% ST. PAUL, Minn. – Beginning February 26, 50 additional customer service representatives will join the MNsure Contact Center, bringing the total amount of ne ..... 
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Commerce Commissioner releases “Top Five Things You Need to Know about Money” podcast

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – According to the 2012 Financial Capability study, a majority of adults do not have adequate savings in the event of a financial emergency or to meet long-term goals such as college or financial security in retirement. The Minne ..... 
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2014 speeding past 2013 in traffic fatalities

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – This year is off to a deadly start on Minnesota roads, and drivers are being urged to buckle up and slow down. Nearly two-thirds of the 31 people who died January 1-February 12, 2014, were not wearing seat belts or were in spee ..... 
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Governor Dayton proposes funding measure to ensure no child is denied lunch in Minnesota schools

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Today, Governor Mark Dayton proposed providing additional funding in the upcoming legislative session to ensure that every child has access to a nutritious lunch in Minnesota schools. A new report released this week by Mid-Minnes ..... 
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Red Cross Responds to Rochester Home Fire

Wed, Feb 12th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, MN, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 — American Red Cross volunteers assisted a family of three after a fire devastated their home on Monday. The woman and her children were provided with aid to meet their immediate emergency needs. Every 8 minutes, ..... 
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Winter weather means drivers should use caution near snowplows

Thu, Feb 6th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists to drive slowly near snowplows and give them plenty of room. In January, motorists struck seven snowplows in southeastern Minnesota, resulting in injuries to motorists, ..... 
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Residents, snow removal operators advised not to push snow on public roadways

Tue, Jan 28th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – With the growing number of snow days this winter, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds residents and snow removal operators that it is unlawful to deposit snow on or next to a public highway or street. Minnesota ..... 
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A Gift for the Generations: The Minnesota Historical Society Announces Newest Recipients of More Than $4.2 Million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

Thu, Jan 16th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

111 grants made possible by the Legacy Amendment are awarded to dozens of organizations in 47 counties throughout Minnesota for projects of enduring value ST. PAUL (Jan. 15, 2014) – Minnesotans are hard at work in the new year, building their l ..... 
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