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Child care town hall taking place in Preston Sept. 16


Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ååMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - When we think about jobs and economic development, we don’t often think about child care. But that’s exactly what communities in Greater Minnesota have been thinking about

when it comes to rural growth and revitalization. Now, Greater Than Minnesota (>MN), a partnership between First Children’s Finance and the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations, is mobilizing those communities.

In partnership with the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), >MN will hold a Child Care Town Hall meeting in Preston on Tuesday, September 16. Concerned community members, local elected officials, family child care providers, child care centers, small business owners, large employers, economic development representatives – anyone who is interested in and impacted by the local child care supply (which happens to be everyone) is invited to participate. Based on the priorities established and ideas generated at the meeting, a Community Solution Action Plan will be drafted for Fillmore and Houston Counties. The plan will identify local early care and education trends, challenges, and solutions.

“Too often, decisions about early care and education are made in the Twin Cities metro area while communities in Greater Minnesota are left out of the conversation,” said Heidi Hagel Braid, Regional Director at First Children’s Finance. By holding a Town Hall meeting as its starting point in each region of the state, >MN is determined to listen and learn, not lecture and diagnose. The origins of the >MN project can be traced back to southern Minnesota, where its SMIF-funded pilot successfully unfolded just a few counties away in New Ulm and St. James in 2012. “It helped lift up the plight of rural child care businesses to policymakers and funders, and it identified the link between regional economic development and quality child care,” said SMIF President Tim Penny. “We are proud that the foundation has produced a sustainable model that we can now replicate across our region.”

Since then, >MN has been working region by region across the state, equipping rural communities with the roadmap and resources for innovation within its child care industry as well as its local economy. While eachcommunity faces a different set of challenges, their stories are very much the same. Where some might see desolate swaths of land and dwindling populations, >MN sees opportunity for innovation and re .....
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Eye on propane as winter approaches

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

As temperatures begin to drop, and leaves begin to change color, Governor Mark Dayton is keeping a close eye on the supply and price of propane and other heating fuels. Last year, the coldest winter in 50 years caused a severe propane shortage that ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 1 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.33/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has increa ..... 
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DEED awards 16 grants to train lower-income and current Minnesota workers

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded grants totaling $1,904,435 under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to train 1,199 lower-income individuals and 505 current workers. Twelve Low ..... 
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State loses 4,200 jobs in July - Unemployment rate steady at 4.5 percent

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota lost 4,200 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in July at 4.5 perc ..... 
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Department of Revenue reminds homeowners and renters of upcoming property tax refund deadline

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding homeowners and renters that the due date to file for a 2013 property tax refund is Aug. 15, 2014. State law provides for a one-year grace period to claim these refunds, however, t ..... 
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MDA to offer free waste pesticide collections in southeast Minnesota counties

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host a series of waste pesticide collections in four southeastern Minnesota counties from Tuesday, August 26, through Thursday, August 28, 2014. Through these free collection eve ..... 
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Forest Resources Council requests Public Comment on Regional Forest Plan

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC) is requesting citizen review and comment on the draft Southeast Landscape Plan: A Regional Plan to Guide Sustainable Forest Management. The plan provides cross-ownership recommendations for long-term for ..... 
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Commerce Department Investigation Unearths Multiple Allegations against Criminal Coin Dealer

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – A Minnesota Department of Commerce investigation of Wholesale Assets Worldwide, LLC (WAW), a company engaged in coin and precious metal dealings, and Dennis Charles Helmer has been cited in an indictment by the United States Attorn ..... 
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