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Minnesota Surpreme Court grants review in transit case against Rochester


Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Supreme Court has granted a petition for review of the City of Rochester’s procurement of transit services two years ago. Rochester City Lines, the family owned business that founded the local bus service and ran it for nearly 50 years, filed suit seeking to set aside an award made to the Cincinnati-based subsidiary of United Kingdom-headquartered First Transit citing concerns over irregularities in the handling of competition for the contract.

The City claims that “best value” procedures allow it to avoid review of its discretionary evaluation of contract proposals. RCL has raised concerns that the process was used to mask over favoritism, failure to follow published rules for selecting a contractor, and prohibited conflicts of interest.

The Olmsted County District Court granted judgment to the City without a trial to and the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld that ruling. Now, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered that the matter be presented to it for a final decision. The Supreme Court also granted permission to the Associated General Contractors of Minnesota to file a “friend of the court” brief in support of RCL’s position in the case.

“The decision by the Supreme Court to review this case gives RCL great hope that the courts will not allow otherwise prohibited misconduct under the mask of administrative discretion. This case really is all about fair and open competition,” said Dan Holter, RCL’s general manager. Oral argument in the case is anticipated for sometime late in the year according to attorney Steven A. Diaz of Washington, DC, lead counsel for RCL.

Click It or Ticket: Nearly 11,000 unbelted motorists ticketed during two-week enhanced enforcement campaign

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt and car seat enforcement campaign May 19-June 1 resulted in 10,874 seat belt citations, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS/OTS). Campaig ..... 
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State gains 10,300 jobs in May: Unemployment rate falls to 4.6 percent

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 10,300 jobs in May, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The agency said the state has added 45,617 jobs in the past year, a growth ra ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minnesota, June 2 - Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.50/g, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average th ..... 
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Walz Statement Regarding Secretary Shinseki’s Resignation

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Washington, DC [5/30/14] – Today, President Obama announced that he has accepted the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and appointed Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson as the acting Secretary. Sloan Gibson was appointed to his position in Februa ..... 
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State sheds 4,200 jobs in April Unemployment rate drops to 4.7 perecent

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota employers shed 4,200 jobs in April, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). March figures were revised downward from 2,600 jobs gained to 700 jobs g ..... 
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Ask a Trooper: Youthful ATV operators

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Question: What are the youth laws when operating ATV’s? I have often observed youth riding excessively on residential roads quite fast, unsupervised, and without helmets. You can get a regulation manual from most ATV dealers, your local DNR or D ..... 
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SEMAC awards arts grants

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

On May 20, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 32 grants for a total of $181,585 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included five Presenter/ Production Assistanc ..... 
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Open sites and enrolled sites located in eligible areas Fillmore Central Public Schools #2198

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Preston State of Minnesota

Fillmore Central Public Schools #2198 is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and meet nutritional standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Site Name: Fill ..... 
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