LESSARD-SAMS COUNCIL Invites Public Input to the Outdoor Heritage Fund

Minnesota’s Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund was created by the Minnesota legislature to receive 33 percent of the sales tax revenues resulting from the constitutional amendment passed by the voters in the November 2008 election. In the month of August the Lessard-Sams Council held a series of planning meeting throughout the state. The results of are […]

CLEAN WATER PARTNERSHIP GRANTS

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has several grant programs for water quality. New funding from the Clean Water portion of the Constitutional amendment is also available. MPCA has issued the notice for these grants. Information is available at their website; applications are due by September 18, 2009. This is the information at the home […]

Conservation Corps – Jobs for the Environment

State Rep Rick Hansen has introduced Bill HF 345 to provide funding to the Minnesota Conservation Corps (MCC). We have had numerous discussions on how to allocate the expected funds generated by the environmental Constitutional Amendment. MCC has a proven track record of getting the job done and providing meaningful experiences and employment to our […]

State of the State

The Governor let us know his blue print for the historic budget shortfall. His plan is, “Cut taxes and increase spending.” Sound familiar? I don’t know anybody who seriously believes that we can solve this problem without taxes going up at some level of government. We can’t cut spending deeply enough and make things come […]

Update on the ILSR Conference

  “It is possible to fight over oil but not over wind and sun!” These were the words of Wilfried (Willi) Voigt, Germany’s former Secretary of Energy, as he presented environmentally friendly energy producing ideas and methods at a conference held at St. Olaf on January 9, 2009. Sponsoring the conference was John Farrell of […]

Earth Day, April 22, 2008

The House and Senate joint environmental and energy group has worked to address budget issues in the deficit reduction bill. Included in the bill are several provisions I authored focusing on quickly energizing our Green Economy in Minnesota. We want to infuse venture capital and long term investment in Minnesota’s burgeoning clean energy economy. You […]

Information on the Bonding Bill

On Monday afternoon, April 7, 2008, Governor Pawlenty used the line-item veto 52 times to trim the bonding bill to $717 million – a reduction of 13%. Basically the Governor vetoed thousands of jobs that would have been created all around our state at the time when Minnesota’s economy needs the extra boost. The line-item […]

Will Steger Heads North!

On March 30th, 2008, Will Steger and his international team of young explorers embarked on a two-month dogsled expedition across the extreme and stunning landscape of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic. The team will travel to the front lines of global warming documenting melting ice shelves and the impact on critical animal habitat. […]

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF)

Just a reminder that the April 4, 2008 deadline is approaching for requests for seed money available from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. Up to $25,000 in seed capital is available for biobusinesses through the newly created Bio Seed Fund. These funds are designed to support start up and expanding bio-medical, bio-agriculture and renewable energy […]
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