Minnesota Governor Press Releases http://mn.gov/governor/ en-us Minnesota Office of Governor Dayton http://mn.gov/governor/images/header_governor_background.jpg http://mn.gov/governor/ Minnesota Receives $17 Million in Federal Grants for Workforce Training Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:06:21 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-142700 ST. PAUL, MN – Following the request of Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota today received more than $17 million in federal grants to train workers for jobs in high-demand fields. The grants, awarded to 14 campuses across the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, will provide education and workforce training for good-paying jobs in construction and advanced manufacturing. Governor Dayton orders flags to half-staff in observation of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:21:59 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-142193 ST. PAUL – In honor of firefighters who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Governor Dayton Announces Plans for Minnesota Pheasant Summit Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:58:20 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-142186 ST. PAUL, MN – Last night at the Pheasants Forever Chapter 844 banquet in St. Paul, Governor Mark Dayton announced plans to convene the state’s first-ever Minnesota Pheasant Summit. The Summit, to be held later this year, will include hunters, farmers, policymakers, conservationists, other stakeholders, and key members of the Governor’s Cabinet. It will focus on strategies to increase the state’s pheasant population, improve pheasant habitat, and ensure future generations of Minnesota hunters have the opportunity to enjoy one of the state’s most popular and iconic game birds. Lewis & Clark Awards Pipeline Contract for Luverne Connection Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:00:24 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-142197 Tea, SD – The Board of Directors of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System today awarded a $16.5 million pipeline contract to Carstensen Contracting of Pipestone, MN, which was more than two million less than the engineer’s estimate. This is the first pipeline contract Lewis & Clark has awarded since June 2012. The contract includes 18 miles of primarily 24” pipe that runs from the Minnesota/Iowa border to Luverne. When completed Lewis & Clark will be able to deliver water to Luverne. The substantial completion deadline is November 2015. Minnesota Receives $36 Million in Federal Grants for Veterans Homes Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:04:25 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-141972 ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton today announced that the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) will receive two federal grants totaling $36 million for the expansion, modernization, and improvement of four Minnesota veterans’ homes. These new grants will help expand the capacity of the State Veterans Homes, and improve the quality of life enjoyed by Minnesota’s veterans. Governor Dayton to Local Leaders: How is Increased Railway Traffic Impacting Your Communities? Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:04:02 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-141955 Governor Mark Dayton today reached out to 300 communities located along railway routes in Minnesota, asking how increased rail traffic and the volatility of oil shipments are impacting local budgets and the quality of life enjoyed by area residents. Commission on Judicial Selection Announces Vacancy in the Fourth Judicial District Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:15:19 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-141945 ST. PAUL, MN –The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District Court. This vacancy was created upon the retirement of the Honorable Marilyn B. Rosenbaum, and will be chambered at Minneapolis in Hennepin County. DEED Accepting Applications for Broadband Grants Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:42:23 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-141940 ST. PAUL – State officials are accepting applications for funding to expand broadband infrastructure in areas of Minnesota that don’t have adequate high-speed Internet service. Park Industries Expanding in St. Cloud Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:26:26 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-141858 ST. PAUL – Stone-processing equipment manufacturer Park Industries Inc. announced plans today to invest in its operations and expand its facility in St. Cloud. Governor Takes Executive Actions to Protect Children from Abuse Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:45:32 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-141735 ST. PAUL, MN – 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. DEED Awards $1.7 Million for Redevelopment; projects expected to create or retain 5,700 jobs Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:18:11 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-141631 ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded four grants and one loan for redevelopment projects in Minnesota that are expected to create or retain more than 5,700 jobs. Governor Dayton Joins Polaris Industries for 60th Anniversary Celebration Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:14:13 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-141630 Governor Mark Dayton visited Roseau today to participate in Polaris Industries’ 60th Anniversary celebration. During the anniversary festivities, the Governor congratulated Polaris on their continued growth and wished the homegrown company success into the future. Governor Mark Dayton Meets with Students and Teachers at Garfield Elementary in Brainerd Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:27:26 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-141552 ST. PAUL, MN – With thousands of students across the state returning to school this month, Governor Dayton visited Brainerd today, meeting with kindergarten students and teachers at Garfield Elementary. One of the Largest Gigabit Networks in the United States Coming to Northern Minnesota Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:58:09 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-141545 Paul Bunyan Communications announced today that it is launching the GigaZone, their new advanced regional Gigabit fiber network that will be one of the largest Gigabit networks in the country. Statement from Governor Dayton on August Jobs Report Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:22:25 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-141487 ST. PAUL, MN – Today’s monthly jobs report from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) showed Minnesota employers added 6,100 new jobs during the month of August. DEED also announced today that Minnesota’s unemployment rate has dropped to 4.3 percent – reaching its lowest level since 2006. In total, Minnesota has added 162,100 new jobs since Governor Dayton took office in January 2011. Rochester WorkForce Center Holds Grand Opening Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:07:22 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-141243 ST. PAUL -- The new Rochester WorkForce Center held a grand opening celebration today at its new location at Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC). Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben, RCTC President Leslie McClellon and other local leaders welcomed job seekers into the new location. Governor Dayton Appoints Eric J. Braaten, Christopher J. Lehmann, Timothy J. Looby, and Cynthia L. McCollum to Fill First Judicial District Vacancies Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:54:27 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-140992 ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Mr. Eric J. Braaten, Mr. Christopher J. Lehmann, Mr. Timothy J. Looby, and Ms. Cynthia L. McCollum as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.  Mr. Braaten will be replacing the Honorable Richard C. Perkins, and will be chambered at Chaska in Carver County. Mr. Timothy J. Looby will be replacing the Honorable Thomas G. McCarthy, and will be chambered at Gaylord in Sibley County. Mr. Christopher J. Lehmann and Ms. Cynthia L. McCollum will be replacing the Honorable Richard G. Spicer and the Honorable Robert R. King, Jr., and will both be chambered at Hastings in Dakota County. Governor Dayton Named to National Governors Association Education and Workforce Committee Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:00:48 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-140902 This week, Governor Mark Dayton was named as a member of the National Governors Association (NGA) Education and Workforce Committee. The Education and Workforce Committee has jurisdiction over issues in the area of education (including early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary) as well as in the areas of workforce development. Patriot Day and A Day of Service and Remembrance Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:23:47 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-140732 Governor Dayton proclaims Patriot Day and A Day of Service and Remembrance. Governor Dayton Reconvenes Stakeholders for Discussion on Propane Supply and Demand Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:00:30 -0500 Minnesota Governor's Office /governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-140599 ST. PAUL, MN – For more than 200,000 households in Minnesota, propane is the primary source of heat. With winter steadily approaching, Governor Mark Dayton is reconvening stakeholders today in Saint Paul to discuss the current propane supply and any factors that could impact demand for heating fuel this winter.