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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]


Economic Forecast Improved

Yesterday, Minnesota Management and Budget announced a projected budget surplus of $1.08 billion for the current biennium (fiscal years 2014-15). The first $246 million of the surplus will be used to pay back the remaining school shift in full thanks to an accelerated repayment plan in the new state budget, leaving a balance of $825 […]


Pollinators Hearing Scheduled for December 9

Next week in St. Paul there will a hearing on pollinators on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 1:00 PM in Room 5 of the State Office Building. Much has been written about neonicotinoid insecticides and the possible risk to pollinators, including bees and monarch butterflies. The 2013 Minnesota Legislature passed H.F. 976 which included directives […]

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