CAPITOL CHATTER Sequester begins Friday, Minnesota impact uncertain
By Don Davis
Minnesotans may not know what the word means, but starting Friday they begin to feel the impact of automatic and deep federal budget cuts known as sequestration.
No one knows for sure... Posted on 2/28/13 at 6:46 PM
THE FLENSBURG FILES The Best Leaders Learn From Example
Here is a thought-provoking question that you should consider: What constitutes a great leader? What do you expect from a great leader? What factors influence you to decide for one over the ... Posted on 7/9/12 at 9:28 AM
New federal regulations bring changes to school lunches
WORTHINGTON — Implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 has left some area students begging for more, despite the federal statute’s best intentions to get the nation’s children eating healthier during their school days.
WORTHINGTON — Earlier this week, Nobles County commissioners agreed to send letters to U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, as well as Rep. Tim Walz, regarding the possibility of significant federal budget cuts specific to health and human services.
Dayton scolds state senator for blocking process
ST. PAUL — A state senator said he blocked spending $60 million of federal health program money in Minnesota because he did not have enough information about how the money would be spent.
WORTHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently completed a remapping of Nobles County’s flood plain. The maps are used to determine which properties in the cities and rural areas of the county are now at greater risk for flooding.
New formula takes effect on Monday
WORTHINGTON — Starting Monday, an estimated 70,000 more Minnesotans will qualify for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, but it remains to be seen just how much additional work it will make for local agencies that administer the dollars.
ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Pawlenty, saying the federal government is trying to take over states’ rights, has ordered Minnesota officials to not apply for federal health-care funds under a 2010 law, a decision Democrats claim will cost the state billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.
SLAYTON — The Southwest Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership is seeking applications for Transportation Enhancement Projects eligible for federal funding in the following counties: Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville and Yellow Medicine. Projects require a 20 percent cash match.
MORGAN, Minn. — The federal government is sticking its nose into farmers’ business, and hurting Minnesota agriculture in the process, Tim Pawlenty said Thursday after delivering his final Farmfest speech as governor.
Breeding stock will no longer be required to undergo TB testing
WORTHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday issued a federal order that will allow beef producers in modified bovine tuberculosis zones to transport their breeding animals across state lines without undergoing costly TB testing.
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