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Governor Dayton to Hold Railway Safety Meetings in Communities Across Minnesota


Mon, Aug 11th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton held the first in a series of statewide railway safety meetings in Little Canada. Governor Dayton met with local leaders and emergency managers to review the state’s new railway safety laws and to discuss other ways the state can partner with communities to strengthen safety requirements and improve disaster preparedness. In the coming weeks, the Governor will host similar discussions with community leaders and emergency managers along heavily-traveled freight rail routes across Minnesota.

An average 50 trains carrying millions of gallons of crude oil cross through Minnesota communities every week – travelling through rural and agricultural communities, densely-populated residential communities, and urban centers. These trains have a history of dangerous accidents in nearby states and provinces. In December 2013, a 20 car oil train exploded in Casselton, North Dakota, forcing 1,400 residents to evacuate. And, in July of last year, a North Dakota oil train passing through Quebec exploded – killing 42 people and destroying 30 buildings.

Recognizing the risks these trains have posed to residents in neighboring states and provinces, last session Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature implemented new railway safety measures. And last month, the Governor voiced his support for the swift implementation of new federal railway safety regulations recently proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

New State Railway Safety Laws

On July 1, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety began implementing new rail safety legislation signed into law by Governor Dayton last May. The new laws will enact stricter oversight of railroad companies, require more railway inspections, and provide for better emergency response training and preparedness in communities across Minnesota. Those measures include:

Prevention Plans Required – Requires railroad companies to submit disaster prevention plans to the state of Minnesota. This new law will require companies transporting hazardous materials to develop safety measures that help keep Minnesotans and the environment safe.

Increased Safety Inspections – Increases the number of railway inspectors at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, paid for with an annual assessment on railroad companies.

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Bicyclists to tour southeastern Minnesota Aug. 14-17

Mon, Aug 11th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Motorists will notice an increased number of bicyclists on southeastern Minnesota highways Aug. 14-17 for the annual Bicycling Around Minnesota event. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds all travelers to share the ..... 
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Governor Dayton Highlights Efforts to Fight Poverty at the Minnesota Community Action Partnership Conference

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

DULUTH, MN – Governor Mark Dayton today traveled to Duluth to speak at the Minnesota Community Action Partnership 50th Anniversary Conference. At the event, Governor Dayton highlighted initiatives the State of Minnesota has implemented to alleviate ..... 
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MILLER APPOINTED TO GOVERNOR’S BLUE RIBBON COMMITTEE ON THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA MEDICAL SCHOOL

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

(St. Paul, MN) – State Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) has been appointed to the Blue Ribbon Committee, established to enhance the national prominence of the University of Minnesota Medical School. The committee will advise the Governor and Legisl ..... 
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Young Farmers and Ranchers Hold Event at Farmfest

Wed, Aug 6th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee hosted a Young Farmer BBQ at Farmfest in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center on Tuesday, August 5. “We are excited to partner with IDEAg as they move forward with ..... 
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Governor Dayton Launches Blue Ribbon Committee to Enhance National Prominence of University of Minnesota Medical School

Mon, Aug 4th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – Fifty years after declaring a pre-Med major in college, Governor Mark Dayton today launched a milestone effort to enhance the national prominence of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Governor Dayton today signed Executive O ..... 
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Minnesota’s minimum-wage increases Aug. 1, first time in nearly a decade

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minnesota’s minimum-wage rates rise up to $8 an hour beginning Aug. 1, 2014. It’s the state’s first wage increase in nearly a decade. In the coming two years, the new law will move wage rates higher in August 2015 and again in August 2016 wh ..... 
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Minimum wage increase will help families, communities

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

By Ken Martin, chairman, Minnesota DFL People earning a minimum wage are people we depend on to care of our children and our elderly and disabled family members, yet they do not make enough money to care for their own families. Some are working two ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has fa ..... 
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