Flu Shot Update

A list of clinics offering the H1N1 vaccine is available at the Minnesota Department of Health’s website. Minnesota should have received about 1 million doses of H1N1 vaccine. A link on that site allows you to find a location near your area code, or you can search for availability on a specific date. Simply click […]

Minnesota Historical Society Seasonal Events

Where else can learning be so much fun? The James J. Hill House and the Alexander Ramsey House in St. Paul each have a number of seasonal events including storytelling by costumed characters, a hunt for fantastic creatures featured in the artwork of the Hill House, a doll display, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Other […]

FYI: Bridge to Benefits

The Children’s Defense Fund has implemented a multi-state project to improve the well-being of families and individuals by creating a website called Bridge to Benefits. The Bridge links people to public work support programs such as health care, food support, energy assistance, WIC, school meals, child care assistance, and tax credits. There is an eligibility-screening […]

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.