Blog Entries http://mn.gov/ en-us Minnesota http://mn.gov/ Governor Dayton proclaims week of October 19-25 to be “Minnesota Manufacturers Week” Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:12:14 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-145036 Minnesota’s manufacturing industry is a critical part of the state economy – employing one out of every nine workers in our state. In honor of their contributions to our state, Governor Dayton has proclaimed this week to be “Minnesota Manufacturers Week.” The Governor’s proclamation highlights the important role manufacturers’ play in the success of the state as well as ample opportunities for employment. Unison Comfort Technologies Expanding Minneapolis Operations Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:03:10 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-144687 Unison Comfort Technologies, a manufacturer of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems for the commercial sector, is expanding its facilities in north Minneapolis and will add 75 jobs. The company, headquartered at 60 28th Ave. N., said it is expanding because of increased demand for its HVAC products, which include air handling equipment, rooftop units, energy recovery systems, dehumidification units, and heating and cooling coils. The company plans to invest $627,000 in the expansion and will create jobs paying an average salary of $16.90 an hour. Governor Dayton Heads to Mall of America for Lindau Lane Reopening Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:00:21 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-144685 On Friday, Governor Dayton visited the Mall of America in Bloomington to celebrate the completion of the Lindau Lane road improvement project. Governor Dayton Announces $70 Million Investment in 13 New Corridors of Commerce Transportation Projects Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:48:38 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-143962 Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the acceleration of 13 more transportation projects in addition to the 14 prior to date. In 2014, Governor Dayton and the Legislature invested in the Corridors of Commerce initiative, which will be funding twelve of these plans. The final project – the expansion of Highway 371 to four lanes from Nisswa to Jenkins – was funded in part by $45 million in cost savings at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). MnDOT encourages schools, communities to participate in International Walk to School Day, Oct. 8 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-143911 More than 40 schools statewide are participating in International Walk to School Day Wednesday, Oct. 8, to encourage students, parents, teachers, community members and organizations to get out on sidewalks and trails. Governor Dayton Meets with Students and Teachers at Congdon Park Elementary in Duluth Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:25:20 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-143904 Governor visits Kindergarten classroom, meets with students, teachers, and administrators. Governor Dayton Proclaims “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:28:20 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-144103 Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed October to be “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” to honor victims, celebrate survivors, and support efforts to end the violence. Worthington to host Pheasant Opener in October Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:19:05 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-141987 Worthington is proudly known for its annual “King Turkey Day,” but this southwestern Minnesota town will now be rolling out the red carpet for another tasty bird. Next month, the 2014 Governor’s Pheasant Opener will be held in Worthington, which offers hunters several thousand acres of prime public land. Governor Takes Executive Actions to Protect Children from Abuse Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:11:58 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-141807 Governor Mark Dayton today took a series of executive actions to protect children in Minnesota from the threat of abuse and neglect. These efforts include both immediate changes to the child protection system, and the establishment of a new Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children. The Task Force, appointed by the Governor, will make specific recommendations for comprehensive improvements to the child protection system in the upcoming 2015 Legislative Session. Reading Well Early Drives Future School Success Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:35:30 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-141859 Students who master the fundamentals of reading at an early age are better prepared for future academic success. As our kids are exposed to more advanced concepts their ability to learn becomes increasingly linked to their literacy. In math classes, students may be asked to do word problems, while in a science or history class they may be assigned a reading out of a textbook – all of which require strong language skills. Minnesota leads Electronic Waste Recycling Initiative Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:25:43 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-141530 Governor Dayton today visited Richfield-based Best Buy to thank the company as it celebrates over one billion pounds of consumer electronic recycled since 2009. In honor of Best Buy’s progress and to highlight the continued importance of recycling, the Governor also declared it to be “Electronic Waste Recycling Recognition Day” in Minnesota. New Investments Improving Access to Healthy School Meals Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:12:08 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-141387 Ensuring that Minnesota students are ready to learn when they enter the classroom is critical to improving academic progress and preparing kids for bright futures. To help guarantee that our students have access to healthy meals, we invested $4 million in school breakfast and lunch programs this year. Making College More Affordable Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:55:37 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-140729 Access to higher education is crucial to ensure that Minnesota has a competitive workforce that is prepared to fill the jobs of the future. That is why the budget enacted by Governor Dayton and the legislature makes a significant investment in college affordability and improving our state colleges and universities. Governor Dayton Reconvenes Stakeholders for Discussion on Propane Supply and Demand Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:01:47 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-140608 Governor’s second propane summit aims to assess supply, mitigate shortages and price hikes Freezing Tuition at Public Colleges and Universities Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:10:32 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-140397 After nearly a decade of cuts to higher education funding, tuition skyrocketed at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). From 2001 to 2014, tuition at the U of M more than doubled from $5,002 to $13,626 for state residents. Left unchecked, ever increasing tuition costs and increasing debt are a tax on the future of Minnesota students and a drag on our state’s economy. Minnesota’s littlest learners benefiting from All-Day Kindergarten Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:34:38 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-140310 As Minnesota students return to the classroom, our littlest learners are set to benefit from some big new investments. In 2013, we made a historic investment in all-day Kindergarten, ensuring every Minnesota student has access, free of charge. After a year to get ready, all Minnesota schools are now offering all-day Kindergarten to our families this fall. On the first day of school, Governor Dayton wishes students and teachers success Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:22:22 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-140188 This year, more than 55,000 of Minnesota’s youngest learners will benefit from free all-day Kindergarten. Students will also benefit from additional efforts designed to increase literacy and close the achievement gap. Why Minnesota Families Choose College Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:45:03 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-140017 “I’m in college because I’m doing it for me. I’m doing it for my future, my kids, years from now. I’m also doing it because my family back home wants me to succeed. So it’s about me, it’s about my future, and it’s about my family back home.” Minnesota Report Card Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:07:59 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-140019 The Minnesota Report Card is a new website that gives you easy access to understandable district and school data. This tool is designed to provide parents, educators, schools, districts and citizens with easy access to district and school information, test results, revenue and expenditure data, demographic information and other critical data in a centralized location. Senior LinkAge Line® 20 years of serving Minnesota’s seniors Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:12:45 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-140003 This August, the Senior LinkAge Line® celebrates 20 years of serving older Minnesotans and their families by connecting them at no cost to the resources they need. The Senior LinkAge Line® is marking this milestone by unveiling a new 20-year anniversary logo, which will be prominently featured at the Minnesota Board on Aging’s booth in the Education Building at the Minnesota State Fair.