Minnesota Renewable Energy Society

Last Thursday at the November 12th Board Meeting of the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society, I spoke on the subject of Feed In Tariff legislation. The idea of FIT/REP is to incentivize renewable energy investments by setting a fixed price over a specified contract period (e.g, 20 years) for selling energy back to the grid. A […]

November 16, 2009

Health Care Forum in Northfield

Minnesota Senator John Marty is going to present information about the Minnesota Health Plan, a bill in the State Legislature that  provides universal coverage for all Minnesotans.  This event was initiated by John Marty’s son who is a St. Olaf student and Gary and Mary Carlson’s daughter also at St. Olaf.

October 22, 2009

MN FluLine 1-866-259-4655

The Minnesota Department of Health has announced that people with possible flu symptoms can call the Minnesota FluLine (MN FluLine) at 1-866-259-4655 for information and treatment options. Professionals will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People with limited English skills will be connected with an interpreter. There is no charge for […]

October 22, 2009

2010 High School Page Program

The Minnesota House of Representatives is accepting applications for the 2010 High School Page Program.  The program, which has operated for 30 years,  is open to all Minnesota high school students in their JUNIOR year, whether they attend public or private schools, or are home schooled. Visit the House website, where you will find important […]

October 12, 2009

River Cleanup in Belle Plaine

Recently, I went to Belle Plaine to help with a Minnesota River cleanup effort. The DNR and the city of Belle Plaine along with other organizations worked all morning to pull old tires, scrap metal and other items out of an old junk yard site. Paul Nordell of the DNR, seen in the photo on […]

October 6, 2009


Please take the time to visit the new Early Childhood Advisory Council forum to comment on strategies suggested by ECAC committees that will support children in their readiness to enter kindergarten. The Council is interested in hearing ideas and strategies that have worked in various communities throughout Minnesota.  The public comments and suggestions will be taken […]

October 3, 2009


  The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency has more than $1.4 billion in new funding available to support affordable housing programs for a two-year period beginning Oct. 1, 2009. An estimated 97,000 Minnesota households will receive assistance under the proposed budget program, Commissioner Dan Bartholomay told a joint hearing of the House Housing Finance and Policy and […]

October 3, 2009


The Northstar Commuter Rail Project and Metro Transit have announced an  opportunity for you to take part in Minnesota history – a chance to be one of the first Minnesotans to ride the Northstar Line. On Saturday, Nov. 14, public events will be held at each Northstar station from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis to mark Northstar’s grand […]

October 1, 2009

Cultural Heritage Tourism Workshops

  Regional workshops are available on how to develop partnerships around cultural heritage tourism. Get some good ideas and network with others in your community and region.  These workshops are geared towards staff and volunteers from community arts organizations, art studios/galleries, history museums, heritage festivals, lodging businesses, visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce and other tourism marketing organizations. […]

October 1, 2009