Blog Entries http://mn.gov/ en-us Minnesota http://mn.gov/ Minimum Wage Increase Benefits Thousands of Minnesota Families Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:59:04 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-137515 On Friday, more than 325,000 of Minnesota’s lowest-wage workers will get a well-earned raise. The minimum wage increase signed by Governor Mark Dayton raises wage to $9.50 per hour by 2016, and indexes it to inflation to help ensure Minnesotans’ wages keep up with the cost of living. SRC Plant Expands; Will Add Up to 30 Skilled Jobs Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:00:29 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-137514 SRC Plants Expands and will add up to 30 skilled jobs. Super Radiator Coils (SRC) recently broke ground at its manufacturing facility here to build a 22,000 s.f. addition to meet demand for heat exchanger coils that are used at nuclear power plants, as well as other applications. Minnesota Cities Top National Lists For Business, Happiness Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:12:08 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-137388 Minnesota Cities Stand Out on National List of Best Places To Do Business Minnesota received more good economic news yesterday. Three Minnesota cities ranked among the top 25 smaller cities in the country to do business and have a career. Mankato ranked third on the national list, followed by Rochester (23rd) and St. Cloud (24th). Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program will help train Netgain employees in Saint Cloud Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:47:24 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-136850 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded a $147,739 grant to St. Cloud State University to train 84 employees of Netgain. Governor Dayton Meets with Local Leaders to Discuss Next Steps on Lewis & Clark Water Project Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:37:15 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-136734 Governor Mark Dayton traveled to Luverne last week to meet with local officials and area legislators to discuss next steps in advancing the construction of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System. Governor Dayton listened, asked questions, and offered his continued support to ensure the project continues on course toward completion. The Governor stressed that the project is essential to maintaining a high quality of life in southwestern Minnesota, and in supporting the continued economic growth of the entire region. Minnesota: Gaining Jobs Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:49:37 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-136769 Minnesota received more good economic news today. Today’s jobs report, released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), showed the state added 8,500 jobs in June. And the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent last month – the lowest it has been in seven years. In total, Minnesota has added nearly 160,000 new jobs since Governor Dayton took office in January 2011. Governor Helps Break Ground on Owatonna Business Expansion Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:13:06 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-136399 This morning, Governor Mark Dayton helped break ground on a $9 million expansion of Daikin Applied Americas’ manufacturing facility in Owatonna. Governor Dayton Opens Schwan’s USA Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:27:37 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-136317 Yesterday, Governor Mark Dayton travelled to the National Sports Center in Blaine to provide the welcoming remarks and participate in the Handshake for Peace with Norwegian Soccer star Jan Aage Fjortoft for the opening ceremony of the Schwan’s USA Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament. Minnesota: A National Leader in Health Care Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:16:38 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-136291 This week, Minnesota again demonstrated why our state is a national leader in health care. New Dayton Administration reforms launched in 2013 to provide better care at lower costs have saved more than $10.5 million in just one year. And today, Mayo Clinic was named the best hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Minnesota Department of Education Wins Innovation Award Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:18:02 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-135997 Congratulations to the Minnesota Department of Education! This week, MDE’s Regional Centers of Excellence program won the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs 2014 State Government Innovation Award. The awards recognize excellence in state government agencies and seek to encourage experimentation and innovation in Minnesota. Winners were judged based on a three-part set of criteria: innovation (40% of the score), impact (30%) and sustainability (30%). The winning agencies demonstrated significant improvements in service, progress, and impact of the program. Governor Dayton helps celebrate 100th Anniversary of Toro Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:21:23 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-135928 Governor Dayton traveled to Bloomington to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Toro yesterday. The company, which designs and manufactures lawn care and landscaping equipment, is one of the state’s largest companies – employing about 1,800 in Minnesota. Cargill Recognized as a Yellow Ribbon Company Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:16:16 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-135882 Minneapolis-based Cargill was recognized as a Yellow Ribbon company during a Yellow Ribbon Proclamation ceremony at Cargill’s Whitney MacMillan Auditorium in Hopkins, Minnesota on July 9, 2014. Governor Dayton thanks employers and Veterans at 2014 Minnesota Veterans Career Fair Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:45:05 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-135688 Today, Governor Dayton traveled to the 2014 Minnesota Veterans Career Fair. At the Brooklyn Park event, the Governor thanked Minnesota employers for their continued commitment to hiring and supporting military veterans. Attention Veterans: Largest Veterans Career Fair in Minnesota Will Be Held July 9 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:07:13 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-135311 The 2014 Minnesota Veterans Career Fair, the largest event in the state for military veterans who are looking for work, will be held in Brooklyn Center on Wednesday, July 9. Governor Mark Dayton will address employers and veterans in attendance. From Infrastructure to Education, New Laws Going Into Effect in Minnesota Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:33:42 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-134567 Governor Dayton is committed to improving state government – from investing in education and improving the state's infrastructure to taking steps to ensure high-quality health care. Through the work done in the 2014 legislative session, many great strides were made in keeping this promise. Here are ten of the laws and reforms signed by the Governor that are going into effect today. New Corridors of Commerce Projects Announced Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:01:58 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-134662 Thanks to the Corridors of Commerce initiative, the Minnesota Department of Transportation today announced new funding for four critical road projects across the state. During the 2014 Legislative Session, Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature invested an additional $31.5 million in the program. Governor Dayton Helps Break Ground on New Office Tower in Duluth Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:15:27 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-132837 Today, Governor Mark Dayton, Mayor Don Ness, local officials, and area business leaders broke ground on a new $70 million office tower in downtown Duluth. The project, which will serve as the corporate headquarters for maurices – a Duluth-based international retail company – will create and retain 900 jobs and leverage $50 million in private investment. When complete, the 11-story office tower will house hundreds of maurices employees and represent the largest commercial development project in the history of downtown Duluth. Cardiovascular Systems Planning $30 Million Expansion Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:06:53 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-132709 NEW BRIGHTON – Medical device manufacturer Cardiovascular Systems Inc. announced plans today to build a $30 million headquarters in New Brighton and to expand its workforce with 205 new, high-paying jobs within two years. Thanks to MNsure More than 95 percent of Minnesotans have health insurance Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:15:53 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-132674 With a recovering economy and the creation of MNsure, Governor Dayton has delivered on his committed to improve access to health insurance. A new study from the University of Minnesota shows Minnesota’s uninsured population is at an all-time low. Today, more than 95 percent of Minnesotans have health insurance. Albert Lea’s Fountain Lake to Benefit from Environmental Improvements Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:01:25 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-132441 Today, overlooking beautiful Fountain Lake in Albert Lea, Governor Dayton was joined legislators, community members, and advocates for a ceremonial signing of the 2014 Jobs Bill. The legislation, signed into law by Governor Dayton last month, invested $7.5 million in environmental improvements for Fountain Lake aimed at improving water quality, fishing, and recreational opportunities.