Geocachers can find gift cards in State Parks

Starting November 24th and continuing through the holiday season, gift cards loaded with amounts ranging from $10 to $50 will randomly appear in the “Critter Caches” at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas statewide. Critter Caches are camouflaged containers hidden in every Minnesota state park and recreation area as part of the Geocaching Wildlife Safari. […]

THANKSGIVING: A sense of place

It begins with the rain and the sound of tapping Feet of a thousand squirrels over the rooftop A thunderclap and the swirled dry grass On either side the lime stone cliffs guard the waterway And the brown river winds its way south – we are travelers Come together in the mystery of coincidence Each […]

Middle Class hardest hit for State taxes

I received an interesting report from the Washington, D.C. office of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. In the 2009 edition of Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States, it was found that One-fifth earn under $23,000 a year. They pay on average 9.2% of their income in […]

Recognition for Supporting Minnesotans with Disabilities

I was honored to be presented with an award this week at the Epic Enterprise banquet for my support for Minnesotans with disabilities and the workers who take care of them. I received a plaque for “dedicated service and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities.” The group specifically recognized one of my speeches on the […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]