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Nobles County proposes updates to feedlot ordinance
PEDv still impacting swine industry
Decline in ag land values on horizon
SWIF on the road
SB XLIX: Patriots know margin of error is small
UPDATE: Murder case against ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez hits delay
U.S. activists keep domestic violence in Super Bowl spotlight
College basketball: Minnesota West splits in Fergus Falls
Les Knutson: Schilling excelling at Augustana
Let's focus on sustained, strategic transportation funding
Time to listen, learn and lead
Column: The White House game of drones
Column: The sacrifice of Sarah Palin
Column: The sacrifice of Sarah Palin
Judy & Bruce Schmidt
Myron Van Ommeren
Jeanette Delores Swenson
Dennis Palmer Luitjens
Religion briefs: Jan. 29
Out & About:Jan. 30 to Feb. 21
Looking Back: 1940 -- Nobles County ranks among top flax producers in Minnesota
Looking Back: 1940 - Steamed turned into blades of new turbine at Worthington power plant
Column: On a mild, windy January day, some storm stories
Out and About
Ruesch 80th birthday
Altman 80th birthday
Hitzemann 85th birthday
Spessard 90th birthday
Hallstrom 99th birthday
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January 21, 2015
Bringing mental health first aid to Minnesota
PIPESTONE — The National Council of Behavioral Health says that it is more likely to come in contact with someone having an emotional difficulty than someone having a heart attack or choking on a piece of food in a restaurant. However, when people typically think about first...
January 21, 2015 - 8:39pm
State ignores 2007 meatpacker rights law
ST. PAUL — A Minnesota state department has not followed a law to notify meatpacking plants and workers about protections the state provides. Pointing to a bookshelf full of Minnesota laws, Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles said Wednesday, “one of them sort of got lost.” The...
January 21, 2015 - 8:34pm
Nursing home officials say lack of state funds hurts residents
ST. PAUL — Minnesota nursing home workers can earn more money by working at Fleet Farm, Dairy Queen and a sugar beet processing plant than helping the elderly, nursing home administrators across the state complain. That means, they told a House committee Wednesday, that nursing...
January 21, 2015 - 8:32pm
Anti-abuse bill puts children first
ST. PAUL — Hank Marotske’s mother allowed her children one meal a week. “That pot of whatever she cooked had to last a week,” he said. When the food ran out one time, his mother caught Marotske trying to sneak food out of a cabinet. “She threw me from the counter, across...
January 21, 2015 - 8:30pm
January 20, 2015
MNsure hits 100,000 mark in enrollment for this year
ST. PAUL — MNsure hit the 100,000 mark of enrollees Tuesday as Minnesota continues to set state records for the percentage of people with health insurance coverage. Last year, the state-run health insurance program reached that mark Feb. 21. “As we enter the final weeks of this...
January 20, 2015 - 10:02pm
Rural Minnesota groups announce funding wants
ST. PAUL — A pair of Greater Minnesota organizations seeks more than half of an expected $1 billion state budget surplus for their priorities. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and the Greater Minnesota Partnership announced Tuesday that their top funding requests include...
January 20, 2015 - 9:47pm
Minnesota looks at new nursing home funding method
ST. PAUL — Minnesota will do a better job caring for its senior citizens if nursing homes are paid based on their quality of care and the area’s average pay, backers of a nursing home funding reform bill say. Rep. Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne, and Sen. Tony Lourey, D-Kerrick,...
January 20, 2015 - 7:36pm
January 19, 2015
Letter: Committee will work for all in agriculture
The first hearings for the Minnesota House Agriculture Finance Committee have taken place, and I’m pleased with how the committee has taken shape. I’m honored to be the ag finance chair, and I believe this is the most bipartisan, diverse, geographically balanced group we’ve...
opinion / letters
January 19, 2015 - 6:04pm
January 18, 2015
Studying Minnesota budget busters
ST. PAUL — When Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proposes a budget later this month, he’s likely to talk a lot about transportation, workforce development and child care tax credits. But the shape of his budget already will have been determined by a long, slow process: the gradual,...
January 18, 2015 - 7:45pm
January 16, 2015
Dayton to propose buffer zones bordering all state waters
SAM COOK Forum News Service BROOKLYN PARK — Gov. Mark Dayton announced Friday that he will propose legislation calling for vegetative buffer zones 50 to 60 feet wide bordering all waters of the state, with the regulation to be enforced by the Minnesota Department of Natural...
news / politics
January 16, 2015 - 9:51pm
Schomacker authors bill to protect aging adults' quality of life
ST. PAUL — District 22B Rep. Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne, is authoring a comprehensive bill that seeks to address the needs of our aging population. “Minnesota has a long way to go until we’ve fully addressed the workforce shortage in the area of senior care, but this bill takes...
news / politics
January 16, 2015 - 9:49pm
Economy of two area counties recognized
ST. PAUL — Minnesota ranks third in the nation in the number of counties that have recovered from the recession, according to a new report from the National Association of Counties (NACO). Nine Minnesota counties, all located in Greater Minnesota, have met or surpassed prerecession...
news / business
January 16, 2015 - 9:47pm
January 15, 2015
Rural Minnesota: poorer and more diverse
ST. PAUL — Rural Minnesota has some striking differences with Minneapolis and St. Paul, but also some surprising similarities. For instance, north-central Minnesota’s population is poorer than most of the state, with lower income and more school students on government-subsidized...
January 15, 2015 - 8:18pm
Minnesota study shows lack of oil safety training
ST. PAUL — Many Minnesota public safety workers say they are not prepared to deal with an oil train or pipeline accident. They told the state Public Safety Department they are not adequately trained and some did not know what type of equipment they need to fight an oil fire,...
January 15, 2015 - 8:07pm
Column: Common ground, standing up for middle class are priorities
WASHINGTON — I’m grateful to the people of Minnesota for giving me the chance to serve a second term as senator. And I’m ready to keep fighting for middle-class families and for families aspiring to be in the middle class. Republicans now control the Senate majority, and while...
opinion / columns
January 15, 2015 - 5:00pm