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New law will protect health and safety of Minnesota dogs and cats


Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – New state regulations to protect the health and safety of dogs and cats will take effect Tuesday, July 1, 2014. During the 2014 Legislative Session, Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature enacted the new law, creating licensing and inspection requirements for commercial dog and cat breeders. The purpose of the law is to protect and enhance the well-being of dogs and cats that are raised by commercial breeders in Minnesota.

“The humane and decent treatment of these innocent creatures is no longer an unwritten expectation – it is the law,” said Governor Dayton, who owns two German Shepherds (Itasca and Wanamingo) and advocated strongly for the bill’s passage. “I am pleased that the Board of Animal Health is leading this program. I am confident the Board will implement this new law effectively, working with breeders to protect the health of these animals and the public.”

For seven years, similar bills regulating dog and cat breeders have been debated in the Legislature. After years of debate, the Legislature and Governor Dayton successfully enacted these new protections during the 2014 Legislative Session.

“We have worked with livestock producers in Minnesota for over a century to control and eradicate disease – protecting the health of animals across our state,” said Dr. Bill Hartmann, executive director of the Board of Animal Health. “We will apply those same principles to this new effort, working with Minnesota’s commercial breeders to maintain safe, healthy and humane living environments for dogs and cats in commercial breeding facilities.”

How the New Law Works

A commercial breeder is defined in the law as a person who possesses or has an ownership interest in animals and is engaged in the business of breeding animals for sale or for exchange in return for consideration, and who possesses 10 or more adult intact animals and whose animals produce more than five total litters of puppies or kittens per year. The law includes requirements on record keeping and facility maintenance, standards of care and an annual licensing fee.

Between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, commercial dog or cat breeders must register with the Board of Animal Health each facility they own or operate in Minnesota. During this time, licensing is optional. Beginning July 1, 2015, licensure becomes mandatory and a commercial dog or cat breeder mus .....
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MDA Commissioner visits agricultural innovators Tour a farm operations expanding with ag grants

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is touring the Southeastern part of the state to showcase business owners expansion achievements made possible by help from state grants. The Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovat ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

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

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.59/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has no ..... 
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Absentee ballots for August primary allow for early voting beginning June 27

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota voters can cast their ballots early for the August 12 Primary Election by voting absentee starting Friday, June 27. Voters may request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them, or vote absentee in-person at their count ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook 6.27.14

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.59/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has inc ..... 
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Minnesota Surpreme Court grants review in transit case against Rochester

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Supreme Court has granted a petition for review of the City of Rochester’s procurement of transit services two years ago. Rochester City Lines, the family owned business that founded the local bus service and ran it for nearly 50 y ..... 
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Click It or Ticket: Nearly 11,000 unbelted motorists ticketed during two-week enhanced enforcement campaign

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt and car seat enforcement campaign May 19-June 1 resulted in 10,874 seat belt citations, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS/OTS). Campaig ..... 
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State gains 10,300 jobs in May: Unemployment rate falls to 4.6 percent

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 10,300 jobs in May, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The agency said the state has added 45,617 jobs in the past year, a growth ra ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minnesota, June 2 - Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.50/g, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average th ..... 
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