Blog Entries http://mn.gov/ en-us Minnesota http://mn.gov/ 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. Helping Part-Time College Students Succeed Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:20:51 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-140053 We all know that education is critical to a bright future. In fact, by 2018 an estimated 70 percent of Minnesota jobs will require some education beyond high school. And right now, only 40 percent of Minnesotans hold post secondary degrees. Closing this higher education gap is critical to helping all Minnesotans get great jobs in the future and growing our economy. Letter from the Commissioner Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:31:24 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-139951 The Minnesota State Fair is an incredible event. People from all over the state travel to Falcon Heights to eat new foods, learn some things and watch people. Countdown to Learning: STARBASE Minnesota creates next generation of engineers Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:47:51 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-140047 We all know science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are incredibly important to Minnesota’s economy. Minnesota hosts cutting-edge industries like robotics engineering, natural resource development, data analysis and many more. Right now, we aren’t creating enough engineers and scientists to meet the demand. One Minnesota non-profit is working to change that. Governor Dayton Proclaims Minnesota State Patrol Day Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:27:07 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-139806 Governor Dayton proclaimed today to be “Minnesota State Patrol Day” in conjunction with State Patrol Day at the State Fair. Summer Nudging Initiative Increasing College Enrollment Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:10:32 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-140046 Incoming college students not only face academic challenges, but also struggle 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. See you at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair! Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:58:13 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-139354 This week marks the beginning of the 2014 Minnesota State Fair! At more than a dozen state agency booths across the State Fair, fair-goers will be able to find more information about the work State Agencies are doing to make government better, faster, and simpler. After 6-Year Wait, Mankato Civic Center Expansion to Be Completed Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:47:54 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-138963 The expansion of the Mankato Civic Center has been six years in the making. And thanks to the 2014 Jobs Bill passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton last May, the project is finally on track to be completed. Governor Dayton Proclaims Farm Family Recognition Day Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:51:08 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-138234 Today Governor Dayton traveled to Redwood, MN to speak in a forum at Minnesota’s annual Farmfest. To recognize the contributions to our state and their community, Governor Dayton has proclaimed August 7, 2014 Farm Family Recognition Day in honor of the 66,000 family-owned and operated farms across the state. Redwood Falls Proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon City Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:55:59 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-138288 Redwood Falls, Minnesota was recognized as a Yellow Ribbon city during the Yellow Ribbon Proclamation ceremony today, August 7, 2014. The Yellow Ribbon Recognition Program pays tribute to communities and companies with an exceptional record of caring, commitment, and compassion for service members, veterans, and their families through various programs and public works. Governor Dayton Invests for Success in our Schools Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-138317 With the first day of school just weeks away for many districts, Governor Mark Dayton met yesterday with nearly 300 school superintendents from across Minnesota to discuss the status of education in our state. Jobs Are Coming To Brooklyn Park Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:55:45 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/blog/the-office-of-the-governor-blog-entry-detail.jsp?id=102-138327 This afternoon, at the intersection of Highway 169 and Highway 610, Governor Mark Dayton and DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben broke ground on the site of two new business expansions in Brooklyn Park. When the new North Cross Business Park is completed, it will be home to the newly-expanded PERBIX Machines and Wurth Adams Nut & Bolt, employing 345 Minnesota workers and creating dozens of new jobs.