July 16, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Rock County, Minnesota, as a primary natural disaster area. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made the declaration in a letter to Governor Mark Dayton this morning, noting that based on the Department’s Loss Assessment Report, recent flooding caused “sufficient production losses to warrant a Secretarial natural disaster declaration.”
July 15, 2014 - BLAINE, MN – Just two months after signing the 2014 Jobs Bill into law, which invested $3.2 million in the expansion of the National Sports Center in Blaine, Governor Mark Dayton will participate this evening in the Opening Ceremonies of the 30th Annual Schwan’s USA Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament. Governor Dayton will welcome soccer players and fans from around the world to Minnesota, and participate in a “Handshake for Peace” with Norwegian soccer star Jan Aage.
July 15, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Mayo Clinic achieved the highest honor in U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of top hospitals, making it the best hospital in the country. Mayo Clinic earned more number one rankings than any other provider, ranking number one or number two in 11 of the 12 specialties based on reputation, services and volumes, safety and clinical outcomes. Following the release of the new rankings, Governor Mark Dayton released the following statement.
July 14, 2014 - Minnesota’s new, nation-leading approach to delivering quality health care more efficiently for low-income individuals and families is paying off. In the first year of a program announced by the Department of Human Services and Governor Mark Dayton in 2013, six health care providers serving 100,000 Minnesotans spent $10.5 million less than projected – cost savings that will benefit Minnesota taxpayers.
July 11, 2014 - Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce ruled in favor of Minnesota workers whose jobs were put at risk due to the illegal dumping of steel in U.S. markets. The Commerce Department’s decision comes after Governor Mark Dayton sent a letter to President Obama this week urging the Administration to enforce the law, and end this illegal market activity. The following is a statement from Governor Dayton regarding today’s ruling:
July 11, 2014 - OWATONNA, MN – This morning, Governor Mark Dayton helped break ground on a $9 million expansion of Daikin Applied Americas’ manufacturing facility in Owatonna. The new expansion, which received $1.45 million in state assistance from the state’s Minnesota Job Creation Fund and Minnesota Investment Fund, will create 40 new jobs in Owatonna with wages and benefits averaging $31 per hour.
July 10, 2014 - BLOOMINGTON, Minn.— The Toro Company today celebrated its 100th anniversary as more than 2,000 employees, retirees, channel and business partners, and other valued guests gathered at the company’s headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota. Joining Michael J. Hoffman, Toro’s chairman and chief executive officer, as he remarked on the company’s rich history and the individuals and innovations that helped shape the company’s success was Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, who presented the official proclamation declaring “Toro Day” in the State of Minnesota, and Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead.
July 09, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – The U.S. Department of Transportation assured the State of Minnesota today that the state will receive up to $5 million in “Quick Release” emergency relief funds to help fix the state’s flood-damaged roads. These funds, which will reimburse the state for emergency repair work done in the aftermath of statewide flooding, will supplement $750,000 in federal transportation funds the state received on June 23.
July 09, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton requested that President Barack Obama declare a major disaster in Minnesota as a result of heavy rainstorms and flooding that began June 11. In a letter to President Obama, Governor Dayton described widespread flood damage across Minnesota, and noted that he has expanded the state’s peacetime state of emergency to include 16 additional counties – bringing the total counties impacted to 51.
July 08, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – On Wednesday, July 9, Governor Dayton will thank hundreds of Minnesota employers for their continuing commitment to hiring and supporting military veterans. In the morning, the Governor will provide remarks at the state’s largest Veterans Career Fair in Brooklyn Center. Later in the day, he will provide remarks at Cargill’s Yellow Ribbon ceremony as the company declares its commitment to supporting military service members and their families as a member of the state’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program.