The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) reminds residents that the deadline to apply for the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force (OATF) is June 26. The OATF advises the Commissioner of Agriculture and the University of Minnesota about policies and programs that will improve organic agriculture in the state. Members from the following categories or […]

June 12, 2012

Bond Funding Available for Local Gvt. Projects from DEED

        The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is now accepting applications for capital projects that are eligible for $47.5 million in bond funding approved during the 2012 legislative session. Local units of government can apply for funding for projects having a useful lifespan of at least 10 years. Eligible costs […]

May 31, 2012

Veterans Career Info

I just received an e-mail update from Rep. Rick Hansen and thought I would pass it on. It seemed a good gesture following our memorial day ceremonies. Here is some info from the Workforce Center on upcoming Veteran’s opportunities: Minnesota Veterans Career Fair – Wed. July 11 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center. Link  Veterans – […]

May 29, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

My mom recently moved to Northfield from California and I wanted to take her to Northfield’s Memorial Day ceremony.  I walked over to Park Point East at 7:30 and had breakfast with her but when I walked home to get the car and returned I found she had fallen back to sleep. So I went […]

May 28, 2012
Convention delegates

20B DFL Endorsing Convention

Tuesday evening, May 1st, I was again endorsed by my local DFL endorsing convention. DFLHD 20B, to run for the Minnesota House.  My challenger was Mick McGuire who ran against Glen Grunhagen in 2010, but was redistricted into the same district.  Mick was a good challenger and made me work harder. As is usually the […]

May 3, 2012

Rice County DFL Convention

The last day of March, Rice County  DFL delegates gathered at the Northfield Middle School to debate, deliberate and elect officers and delegates. They also listened to candidates offer speeches. Congressman Tim Walz gave a rousing speech that had delegates on their feet.  Most of the county is now represented by Rep. Walz in the […]

April 3, 2012

“Right to Work?”

  In a blog post on the Levins Publishing Website by Andy Timming and Richard Levins they try to help us understand what this policy is about: What, exactly, is Right to Work? One thing for certain: it is NOT what it sounds like. The name “right to work” is a clever scam to mislead […]

January 31, 2012


The 2012 Legislative session is just around the corner, due to start on Tuesday.  Both sides seem eager to make it a historically short session so that campaign preparations can begin in earnest once the new district maps are released Feb. 21st. On the docket for consideration and debate are the Vikings Stadium question, a […]

January 22, 2012
Jeff Johnson

Economy Talk to take a break, here is a summary

Over the past several months I have brought you 30 conversations dealing with our current economic situation.  I invited guests from a variety of backgrounds to come and talk with me about how our economy works, how we ended up in a deep recession and how we might get out of it.  In addition I […]

December 15, 2011
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