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Minnesota Would Receive Over $6.8 Million Under Obama Administration Budget Proposal to Help Homeowners Reduce their Energy Bills


Wed, Apr 17th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON -- President Obama’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2014 includes an increase for low-income home weatherization services, including $6.8 million to help needy families in the state of Minnesota. The proposal represents a continued commitment by the President and his Administration to help low-income Americans address their energy needs through raising the energy efficiency of their homes while reducing their monthly energy costs.



The Weatherization Program is operated through the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The state office combines funding from the Energy Department and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to provide these services through a network 31 community action agencies located throughout the state.



To be eligible to receive these free energy improvements, the typical family of four in the state must earn less than $47,000, or less than 200 percent of the U.S. Poverty Guidelines. These families will save from $250 to $450 per year in their energy bills depending on the housing type and fuel source. These dollars can now be used for medicine, food, clothing and other expenses.



Minnesota’s Weatherization Program also provides comprehensive consumer education to each participating family on both improving health and safety in the home and the best use of the energy efficiency measures being installed. Nationally, the Department’s weatherization program has helped more than seven million families save money on their energy bills while creating jobs for American workers, supporting small businesses and reducing pollution.



To help families save additional money on their energy bills, energy efficiency and renewable energy experts from the Energy Department will answer questions about reducing energy use and improving home comfort during a Google+ Hangout on April 22 at 3 pm ET.

Prom warning: Spring months the worst for unbelted teen deaths

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With April, May and June combining for the highest percentage of unbelted teen deaths during the past three years, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is urging parents to reinforce safe driving ..... 
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Deadliest weekend of 2013: eight killed on Minnesota roads

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN - At least eight people were killed on Minnesota roads this past weekend, (April 6–early Monday morning, April 8), making it the deadliest weekend of the year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). The eigh ..... 
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Road construction update

Wed, Apr 10th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

As Minnesotans, we know what follows melting snow and warmer temperatures: construction season. The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently released their 2013 construction project program that outlines 300 projects set to begin across Minnes ..... 
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National Agricultural Statistics Service, Minnesota Field Office resumes weekly crop and weather reports

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Beginning today, Minnesota farmers can turn to a vital source for information on their crops and weather by referring to the weekly crop and weather report from the Minnesota Field Office of the United States Department of Agricu ..... 
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Westbound I-90 lane closure at Dresbach Bridge in Wisconsin begins April 11

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists on westbound Interstate 90 will experience lane closures on the Wisconsin side of the Dresbach Bridge, beginning Thursday, April 11, as construction activities continue for the I-90 bridge project.  The Mississippi ..... 
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Farm Program Funding Priorities Called Out of Step

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - There is still no new Farm Bill, and The Center for Rural Affairs says there needs to be a change in priorities in how the nation's farm programs are funded. Executive director Chuck Hassebrook pointed out that those programs that i ..... 
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Rep. Davids continues fight for Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN - One of the top priorities of the 2013 legislative session, according to State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is creating jobs for unemployed Minnesotans. A proposal that would help build a Destination Medical Center for the ..... 
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MnDOT announces 2013 state road construction program

Tue, Mar 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn.—More than 300 construction projects scheduled for 2013 will do much to improve highways, bridges and other state transportation infrastructure to ensure the safety and mobility of the travelling public, the Minnesota Department of ..... 
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