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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 project for health information technology (IT). Mayo Clinic will receive $12 million to spur job creation in the growing health IT industry while helping the nation learn how to improve the quality of care at reduced cost.

"Mayo Clinic has been a national leader in using health information technology to reduce cost, give better care to patients, and spur the growth of our local economy," said Walz. "Today's announcement means the Mayo Clinic will play a critical role in not only improving the care of patients across the country, but creating good-paying jobs in our communities that will help grow the economy of southern Minnesota."

"With this grant, we will be able to implement health information technology standards to securely exchange information on childhood asthma and diabetes for an 11-county region of Southeast Minnesota," said Nina Schwenk, M.D. , Vice-President of Integration for Mayo Clinic, and Chair of the Mayo Clinic Information Technology Committee.

"These funds will help initiate a Healthcare Information Technology Collaboration that will bring Mayo Clinic together with other health providers, public health departments, Veteran's Administration clinic and the Prairie Island Indian Reservation to adopt meaningful use health information technology standards that can eventually be expanded beyond childhood asthma and diabetes," Schwenk added.

The selected Beacon Communities will use health IT resources within their community as a foundation for bringing doctors, hospitals, community health programs, federal programs and patients together to design new ways of improving quality and efficiency to benefit patients and taxpayers. Each Beacon Community has elected specific and measurable improvement goals in each of three vital areas for health systems improvement: quality, cost-efficiency, and population health.

This award is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also referred to as the "Stimulus."

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.



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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.



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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.

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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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Southwest Airlines Adds Service Between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Phoenix

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

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL - Metropolitan Airports Commission Executive Director Jeff Hamiel welcomed Southwest Airlines' announcement today that it is adding service between MSP and Phoenix.



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New Minnesota Teacher of the Year to be named Sunday, May 2

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

St. Paul, Minn., April 27, 2010 - The 2010 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be named this Sunday, May 2. Amber Damm, 2009 Teacher of the Year, will name her successor at the annual Teacher of the Year banquet at The Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park. ..... 
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