broadband

Broadband Expansion Considered

The House Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy Committee heard arguments for expanding broadband in the State. “Broadband is the future of Minnesota,” said Rep. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth). “Minnesota lags behind in technology. Good broadband is a need and it’s frustrating to people when they don’t have the tools that they need.” According to […]

March 27, 2014
20 dollar bills

Changes in Tax Law to Benefit Middle Class

About 1 in 10 Minnesotans will see tax cuts this year as a result of the tax cut package passed by the legislature. The Department of Revenue is working to provide guidance to tax filers to make sure they can take full advantage: If you have not yet filed your 2013 taxes, you should wait […]

March 26, 2014
home heating

Help for Spiking Propane Costs

In response to the alarming spike in propane costs throughout Minnesota, the Department of Commerce recently announced additional financial assistance for eligible Minnesotans currently heating their homes with propane and heating oil. Financial assistance is available through Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP), with additional payments available as early as next week. Households with an income […]

January 31, 2014
Northfield Climate

Turning Challenges into Opportunities

  I recently had the pleasure of touring the Northfield High School with the Senate Education Committee chair, Sen. Wiger and Sen. Dahle.  We visited the 9th grade Academy, the TORCH program and a High Tech Robotics class that Mark Woitalla (seen above) teaches.  This visit and a fair amount of thinking and reading I’ve […]

January 26, 2014
town hall

Town Hall Meetings Scheduled for Jan. 25

Senator Kevin Dahle and I are cohosting town hall style meetings on Tuesday, January 25th, prior to the start of the legislative session. Please come and make us aware of issues of importance to you! Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Area: Montgomery Building: Montgomery Public Library Address: 104 Oak Ave SE City: Montgomery Time: […]

January 22, 2014
Northfield Climate

Climate Summit Jan. 18

The Northfield Area Climate Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, in Buntrock Commons at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Admission is free; advance registration is required. Meteorologist Paul Douglas will give the keynote address with a talk entitled, “Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend?” starting at […]

January 9, 2014
Region Nine

Renewable Energy Task Force Workshop Dec. 13

Region Nine’s Renewable Energy Task Force will be hosting a workshop on December 13 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Minnesota Valley Room at the Intergovernmental Center in Mankato, MN. The first half of the meeting will focus on the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program, which is a financial tool to implement energy efficiency […]

December 7, 2013
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