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Ropes: Minnesota needs jobs, jobs, jobs


Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Making job creation the first priority of the 2010 legislative session, the Minnesota Senate recently passed a comprehensive capital investment package. State Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, was pleased that the Senate package included jobs and economic development for Chatfield and jobs and public safety for Lanesboro. Altogether, economic experts predict that the bonding bill could create as many as 10,000 jobs throughout the state.

"Minnesota's economy is not immune from the global economic crisis, with high unemployment rates and a staggering budget deficit," said Sen. Ropes. "With strong Democratic and Republican support, the Minnesota Senate invested in thousands of jobs with railroads and bridges, college campuses, roads and dams, and public utilities. These infrastructure improvements will not only enhance our quality of life, but generate economic activity and get folks back to work."

Included in the Senate's investment was $2.2 million to renovate the Potter Center for the Arts. It is estimated that the completion of this project would create 140 local jobs and generate $7 million in additional tourism spending.

"Renovating the Potter Center into a state of the art venue will boost the regional economy and create 400 jobs in Southeastern Minnesota," said Sen. Ropes. "This project is a fantastic example of a state, city, school district, and private partnership-all working thoughtfully on economic recovery."

The Senate's bill also included funding for the Department of Natural Resources to renovate the Lanesboro Dam.

"The work of making improvements to this dam will not only improve the safety of our waterways, but will create immediate local jobs," said Sen. Ropes.

The Minnesota House of Representatives is expected to take up their Capital Investment bill in the near future. Differences between the two versions will be then worked out in a conference committee. Sen. Ropes expressed her hope that this bill would be presented to the Governor in time to take advantage of the spring construction season.

"Now is an excellent time to invest in these infrastructure projects. We are getting great bid prices back because labor and material costs have gone down," said Sen. Ropes. "Minnesotans will get a bigger bang for their buck by completing this important work now."

For more information, contact Sen. Erickson Ropes' State Capitol office at 651-296-5649.

SUPER BOWL DWI ENFORCEMENT TO FLAG IMPAIRED DRIVERS FOR "ILLEGAL USE OF KEYS"

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesotans planning to party for Super Bowl weekend need to make the call for a safe and sober ride as added DWI patrols will be on the roads. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reports during Super Bowl weekends 2006-2008, M ..... 
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Minnesota Wildlife Officer Honored with NWTF Award

Thu, Feb 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Conservation Officer Robert Mlynar with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be honored by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) for his efforts in conserving America's wildlife.

Mlynar, of Aitkin, Minn., w ..... 
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Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon awards $200,000 in grants to 23 schools across the state for student-led energy projects

Thu, Feb 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

February 4th, Statewide Minnesota - The Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon (MnSCC) Project has announced the award of over $200,000 in 19 grants to 23 public high schools, colleges and universities across Minnesota. Projects range from making energy im ..... 
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MINNESOTA AFL-CIO ENDORSES MARK RITCHIE FOR SECRETARY OF STATE, REBECCA OTTO FOR STATE AUDITOR

Wed, Feb 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul---The Minnesota AFL-CIO has endorsed Mark Ritchie for Secretary of State and Rebecca Otto for State Auditor for re- election. The seventy member General Board made their decision in time for the start of the caucus and convention season.
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Feb. 7 marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Wed, Feb 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Nearly half of the total AIDS cases reported in the U.S. occur among African-Americans, even though they represent just 13 percent of the U.S population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Almost half of the ..... 
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LIPPERT ELECTED TO ASI EXECUTIVE BOARD

Tue, Feb 2nd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

DENVER, Colo. - Mike Lippert, Olivia, Minn., was elected to represent the National Lamb Feeders Association (NLFA) on the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Executive Board at the 2010 ASI/NLFA Convention in Nashville, Tenn.



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Minnesota Historical Society awards $1,462,500 in Mid-size and Large Grants funded by the Legacy Amendment

Wed, Jan 27th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL (Jan. 27, 2010) - Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants continue to provide much needed funds to organizations throughout the state. The Minnesota Historical Society today announced the first 27 recipients of Mid-size and ..... 
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Clean Energy Resource Teams award 55 seed grants for innovative projects across Minnesota

Thu, Jan 14th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

JANUARY 13, STATEWIDE, MN - The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) are kicking off 2010 by announcing the projects awarded seed grants in each of the seven Minnesota CERTs regions. These catalyzing grants of up to $11,000 will help project ..... 
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