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Minnesota Breakfast Challenge

Posted on October 09, 2013 at 1:45 PM
Categories: Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon, Health, Education

Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon talks with students at Pillsbury Elementary School

Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon talks with kids at Pillsbury Elementary School in Minneapolis

Today, Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon served breakfast at Pillsbury Elementary in Minneapolis to raise awareness of child hunger and its impact on education.  She explained that more than 200,000 Minnesota children experience hunger every year. And research shows, that poor nutrition among school age children directly relates to poorer class performance, more days of missed school, and declining academic achievement.

To increase access to free and reduced price breakfast, the State of Minnesota is partnering with Hunger Free Minnesota, the Midwest Dairy Council, and the Children’s Defense Fund of Minnesota to create the first-ever Minnesota School Breakfast Challenge. The challenge will reward the top 30 Minnesota schools with $0.10 for every new breakfast served beyond what was served last year.


Disabled Veterans Eligible for Free Hunting Licenses

Posted on October 09, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Categories: Veterans, Environment

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Minnesota resident military veterans with service-connected permanent disability, as defined by the U.S. Veterans Administration, may obtain an application online at




The Pink Tank Project

Posted on October 08, 2013 at 1:41 PM
Categories: Health, Military Servicemembers

You can find more Pink Tank Project videos on the Minnesota National Guard's YouTube page here

To build breast cancer awareness for all women, the Minnesota National Guard has launching the Pink Tank Project this month for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"Improving wellness in our service members aligns with our priorities and the Pink Tank Project assists in keeping us a competent and ready force," said Army Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, Minnesota National Guard's Adjutant General.

"This project is to build breast cancer awareness for all women whether they wear the uniform or not," said Army Maj. Kristen L. Auge, Minnesota National Guard's Deputy Director of Public Affairs. "The Pink Tank Project is a promise - a promise to yourself to conduct monthly self-breast exams and have mammograms as recommended by your health care provider."

"Three women with ties to the Minnesota National Guard and whose lives have been forever changed by breast cancer are featured in this project," said Aug?. "Throughout the month, their stories and a special breast cancer awareness video will launch on the Minnesota National Guard's Pink Tank Project webpage."


Governor Dayton Visits Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s Remodeled Healthcare Facilities

Posted on October 04, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Categories: Education, Budget, Technology, Jobs

 Governor Dayton talks with MCTC students

Governor Dayton talks to MCTC students abour their new state-of-the-art training facility.


Yesterday, Governor Mark Dayton visited Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s (MCTC) brand new nursing and allied health care facilities. The Governor’s 2012 bonding bill provided $13.4 million for the renovation efforts – allowing the school to consolidate and modernize lab space for its nursing, phlebotomy and electroneurodiagnostic technology programs. The new space also emulates a hospital setting to better prepare students for future employment.

When Minnesota invests in infrastructure projects like this one, we also are making critical investments in people. These newly upgraded facilities will provide future nurses and other health care professionals access to state-of-the-art training that will prepare them for success in their careers.


Public invited to the Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Dayton Pheasant Hunt

Governor Mark Dayton attending the first annual Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener.

Gov. Mark Dayton is extending an invitation to the general public to join him in celebrating the third annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener on Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, in the south-central Minnesota city of Madelia.

The community events on Friday include: a sporting clays range; “Best of the Best” tournament, featuring four of the top exhibition shooting acts in the world; and the 2013 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener’s banquet and reception, which will include live music by Minnesota-based singer/songwriter Martin Zellar and the Hardaways.

On Saturday, a pancake breakfast will kick off a day of pheasant hunting for the community, state leaders, dignitaries and other hunters who will participate in the event, among hunters across the state.
The Governor’s Opener honors and promotes Minnesota’s longstanding hunting tradition. This event will showcase the many hunting, recreational, travel and local opportunities that the Madelia area and south-central Minnesota has to offer visitors.


Rescuing a treasured urban lake

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Powderhorn Lake

Photo of Powderhorn Lake on May Day taken by Brian Dunnette

Fifteen years ago, Powderhorn Lake in Minneapolis was in a dismal state — trash floated on the surface, the shoreline was eroding, and fertilizer and animal waste running off from the surrounding neighborhood caused frequent algae blooms.

Years of neglect had taken their toll. Loss of natural vegetation, urbanization of the surrounding area, and increased stormwater runoff had all contributed to a decline in the lake’s water quality. In 2002, the lake was placed on the impaired waters list.

But today, thanks to the efforts of residents, the city and other groups, Powderhorn Lake is a poster child for what can happen when citizens and government work together to create change.


Minnesota Eighth on Forbes List of Best States for Business

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Categories: Jobs, Commerce, Economy

Minnesota ranked eighth in the “Forbes 2013 List of the Best States for Business,” jumping 12 spots from a year earlier on the strength of an improving economy, according to the publication.
Minnesota’s overall 2013 ranking was the biggest improvement of any state in the eighth-annual study, which looks at six key metrics: costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life.
Virginia ranked No. 1 in the study, followed by North Dakota, Utah, North Carolina, Colorado, Nebraska and Texas.


State Gains 12,200 Jobs in August

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Minnesota recovers all jobs lost from the recession

Minnesota employers added 12,200 jobs in August, pushing total jobs in the state over the pre-recessionary peak that was reached in February 2008, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The agency said Minnesota has now recovered all the jobs that were lost in the recession, eclipsing the February 2008 mark by 5,100 jobs. The state has added 63,100 jobs in the past year, a 2.3 percent growth rate that exceeds the national rate of 1.7 percent.

The state unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted 5.1 percent, the lowest level since April 2008. The U.S. unemployment rate in August was 7.3 percent.


Taiwan to purchase $3.5 billion in agricultural products from Minnesota, Midwestern Farmers

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Governor Mark Dayton hosts Taiwanese delegation, agricultural trade event at Minnesota State Capitol.

Joined by Governor Mark Dayton today at the Minnesota State Capitol, Taiwanese trade officials and business leaders signed letters of intent to purchase billions of dollars of agricultural products from farmers in Minnesota and other Midwestern states over the next two years. The Taiwanese delegation plans to purchase up to $3.5 billion of American corn and soybeans in 2014 and 2015. Taiwan is Minnesota’s sixth-largest export market, and a key trading partner for the state’s corn and soybean growers.

“Minnesota farmers produce the highest quality agricultural products in the world,” said Governor Dayton. “Our trade relations with other nations, including Taiwan, are crucial to ensuring that our farmers can sell their products in the global marketplace. I want to thank everyone involved, especially the corn and soybean growers of Minnesota, for their efforts to support strong business relationships, and promote the exchange of goods.”

The Taiwanese delegation, led by Mr. Wen-Deh Chen, Vice Minister of the Taiwan Council of Agriculture, plans to purchase 197 million bushels of U.S. corn and 500,000 metric tons of dried distillers grains (DDGS), valued at an estimated $1.83 billion. The deal also includes the purchase of between 92 million and 99 million bushels of U.S. soybeans valued at an estimated $1.68 billion.

“The U.S. remains one of Taiwan’s largest suppliers of agricultural products, regularly supplying one-fourth of the Island’s total food import needs,” said Mr. Chen. “This visit will help to further-strengthen our bilateral trade relations.”

In January 2013, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson led a trade mission to Taiwan to personally extend an invitation to the 2013 Taiwan Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission to visit Minnesota and sign letters of intent to purchase corn and soybeans.


New Summer Nudging Initiative Increasing College Enrollment

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Categories: Education

Students learning in a classroom.

Students who sign up to be part of the Summer Nudging initiative get text messages reminders for college application deadlines

Incoming college students not only face academic challenges, but also often struggle simply to navigate the required paperwork. New students must fill out forms for financial aid, registration, housing, courses, and meal plans. For first-generation college students without a parent or guardian already familiar with the system – the mounting paperwork can present a major barrier to higher education.

To help our incoming college students, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education started its “Summer Nudging” initiative to help guide students through the process. Students who sign up for the program get regular text message reminders with dates and deadlines for critical registration paperwork.


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