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Minnesota Receives Recovery Act Funding for Job Training


Thu, May 6th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Washington DC - Today, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken, Representative Tim Walz, Representative Jim Oberstar and Representative Betty McCollum announced Minnesota will receive $5.5 million through the Recovery Act to provide reemployment services like job training and career counseling to Minnesotans looking for work.

"Reemployment services provide critical support to Americans who are just looking to support their families in this tough economy," Sen. Klobuchar said. "Counties across Minnesota will now be able to offer vital training and career counseling that will boost the competitiveness of our workforce and help put America back to work."

"I've always said that there's no such thing as a jobless recovery," said Sen. Franken. "This money will help train and rehabilitate thousands of Minnesotans, giving them the skills and support they need to get back to work and back to providing for their families."

"Minnesotans need jobs to raise a family on and to remain competitive, our state needs highly trained workers ready to lead our nation back to economic prosperity," said Rep. Walz. "This funding will help put Minnesotans back to work, in good-paying jobs that will rebuild our economy."

"This is the kind of investment that gives people the opportunity to stop collecting an unemployment check and start collecting a paycheck," said Congressman Jim Oberstar. "This gives the training they need to compete in a tight job market."

"This grant is a lifesaver for dislocated workers in Minnesota," said Congresswoman McCollum. "It will provide training for thousands of Minnesotans as our nation's economy climbs out of this deep recession."

The National Emergency Grant (NEG) that is being awarded to Minnesota will continue to provide reemployment services to participants in 11 workforce service areas who are currently receiving intensive services and/or training, as well as to serve those on waiting lists as a result of unprecedented demand for WIA Dislocated Worker services; about 2,721 workers in total. These services may include skills assessment, basic skills training, individual career counseling and occupational skills training.

This funding has been designated for the following communities: The counties of Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennep .....
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Southeast Minnesota Job Seekers Outnumber Job Openings 7-to-1

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

The latest Job Vacancy Survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development shows that in Southeast Minnesota* there are 18,500 unemployed workers competing for 2,500 unfilled jobs. This means that job seekers outnumber job ope ..... 
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WALZ ANNOUNCES $12 MILLION RECOVERY ACT GRANT TO MAYO CLINIC TO SPUR LOCAL INNOVATION, JOBS

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Washington, DC- Today at a press conference with Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Congressman Walz announced that Mayo Clinic was selected as 1 of 15 communities nationally to serve as a pilot p ..... 
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Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher says thank you on National Teacher Day

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 4, 2010: Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher offered his congratulations to all 70,000 state educators on Wednesday, which is National Teacher Day.



"Teachers do so much every day that goes unnoticed," said Do ..... 
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Ryan Vernosh named 2010 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Brooklyn Park, Minn., May 2, 2010 - Ryan Vernosh, a sixth-grade teacher at Maxfield Magnet Elementary School in St. Paul, has been chosen 2010 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.



Vernosh says the core of his education philosophy is "an un ..... 
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Minnesota Weekly Gas Price Update

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota, MN, May 3- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 7.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.86/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.90 ..... 
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PUBLIC SAFETY: BIG DROP IN MOTORCYCLE DEATHS IN 2009

Thu, Apr 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Preliminary data from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) show motorcycle deaths dropped significantly last year. There were 52 motorcycle fatalities in Minnesota in 2009, a 28 percent decrease from a 24-year high of 72 deaths ..... 
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STATE REQUESTS SIX COUNTIES, ONE TRIBE, BE ADDED TO DISASTER

Thu, Apr 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) today requested six counties be added to the major disaster declaration for spring flooding.

In a letter to FEMA, HSEM requested ..... 
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Public invited to moose symposium

Tue, Apr 27th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

A combination of challenges are ganging up on Minnesota's sensitive moose populations - warming temperatures, changes in precipitation, increased varieties of diseases and parasites, and changes in predator populations. Are we watching the end of Min ..... 
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