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Poll shows majority of Minnesotans oppose increased frac sand mining & favor two-year moratorium for SE MN Earth Day frac sand event at the State Capitol


Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WINONA, Minn. - Over half of Minnesota voters oppose increased frac sand mining in the state, and 64 percent support a two-year moratorium in the karst areas of southeastern Minnesota while potential environmental impacts are more fully assessed and state regulations are developed, according to a new poll released today. The statewide telephone survey was conducted February 4-6 by the bipartisan public opinion team of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates and Public Opinion Strategies.

These results come the day before the Land Stewardship Project is set to deliver over 6,000 petition signatures to Governor Mark Dayton calling for a two-year moratorium on frac sand mining in southeast Minnesota and the creation of tough state-level regulations to protect air and water quality. The petition drive was launched January 18 in Winona and includes signatures from across the state. Marilyn Frauenkron Bayer lives on her family’s century farm in Houston County and has been working since January to collect signatures on the petition.

“This poll shows that Minnesotans strongly support the goals of this petition,” said Bayer. “Minnesotans realize that the harm of frac sand mining to the environment, farmland and our local economy far outweigh any so-called benefits. They also recognize the fact that a moratorium in southeastern Minnesota makes sense.”

Southeastern Minnesota residents traveled by bus to the Capitol in St. Paul on Earth Day, April 22, for a noon press conference and delivery of the petitions to the Governor.

Gov. Dayton has the authority to enact a regional moratorium through the use of the Critical Areas Act. John Wells, who served as strategic planning director for the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board for 25 years, has described in a two-page memo how this executive power can be used and why the unique threat posed by frac sand mining in the fragile karst geology of southeast Minnesota warrants using it. The Land Stewardship Project presented the memo to the Governor at a December meeting in Winona. Gov. Dayton has said he favors keeping frac sand mining out of southeastern Minnesota.

Lynn Schoen, a member of the Wabasha, Minn. City Council, believes using the Critical Areas Act power is imperative to protecting her community and the wider region.

“I think Governor Dayton has laid out a policy which makes a lot of sense. He has said he favors keeping .....
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Employment makes solid gains in March

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minnesota employment rebounded with solid growth in March after a slow start to the year that might have been related to the state’s worst winter in three decades. DEED announced today that Minnesota added 2,600 jobs in March, while the unemployme ..... 
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MNsure selects Deloitte to oversee project management

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Following a competitive Request for Proposals process and a thorough review period, MNsure has selected Deloitte Consulting, LLP (Deloitte) to provide key project management support for the state’s health insurance marketplace. ..... 
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April 23 is National Lost Dog Awareness Day

Mon, Apr 21st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

On April 23, the U.S. will celebrate its first annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day (NLDAD)! Created by Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie – directors of Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, respectively – the canine-centric holiday aims ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - Motorcycles

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Did you know? Did you know, in Minnesota, that up to 60 percent of motorcycle crashes involve only the single vehicle? Motorcycle use is at an all-time high and the two primary factors involved when they crash are “driver inexperience” and “sp ..... 
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MnDOT seeks public input for statewide bicycle system plan

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The public, local government officials and transportation supporters are invited to provide input for Minnesota’s statewide bicycle system plan at one of nine meetings statewide. •April 23 in St. Cloud – Whitney Senior Ce ..... 
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Dresbach bridge ramp, rest area closure began April 15

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The westbound Interstate 90 off-ramp to southbound Highway 61 and the Dresbach rest area closed on April 15 as the Dresbach Bridge construction continues. Motorists traveling I-90 west from La Crosse, Wis., to Minnesota will enc ..... 
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Dresbach rest area, ramp closure to begin April 15

Tue, Apr 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists that the Dresbach Intestate 90 rest area and travel information center near La Crosse, Wis., will close for two years beginning on Tuesday, April 15. The closure of th ..... 
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MnDOT kicks off 2014 construction season

Wed, Apr 2nd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Note: Media in southeastern Minnesota can watch the video at MnDOT’s Rochester headquarters (2900 48th St. N.W.) and learn about all of the construction projects in southeastern Minnesota that are scheduled this summer. District Engineer Jeff Vlami ..... 
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