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On Thursday, the non-partisan Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) released their report on Minnesota’s gainsharing program. The OLA concluded that “The Minnesota Department of Management and Budget (MMB) has not implemented a ‘gainsharing’ program that has been required in Minnesota law …

  • By Rhea Landholm, rheal@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs
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State and national policy directly impact how we live. With state legislative sessions in full swing, how can you help guide your representatives’ policy decisions? Speak up through advocacy.

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Area school districts and cities and counties work hard to keep costs down, and they know that collaboration equals savings.

  • By Sheriff Mark Inglett
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As we bring 2017 to a close, we are optimistic for the new upcoming year. 2017 was a busy year for the staff at your sheriff’s office and I am proud of their efforts to protect our citizens and preserve our way of life here in Houston County. Whether it’s our dispatcher answering your call f…

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On January 1st, legally mandated minimum wages went up across Minnesota. For large employers the rate went up from $9.50 per hour to $9.65 and for small employers from $7.75 to $7.87. The Minneapolis City Council went even further, announcing that employers would have to pay workers at least…

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Calling it the “anything-you-want Legislature,” Minnesota State Rep. Gene Pelowski (DFL-Winona) told the Civic Caucus in a fall interview that the Minnesota Legislature needs a number of limits if the legislative process is to be improved. He discussed various limits the House Government Ope…

  • By Adam Swann City Administrator, City of Caledonia
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The year 2017 was an exciting and productive year for the City of Caledonia. Mayor DeWayne “Tank” Schroeder, City Council, and City employees and volunteers worked hard to improve City services, amenities, and infrastructure; protect public safety; and promote economic development—while keep…

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Medicare Open Enrollment! Of course, this isn’t true. We all know the pain and confusion that is Medicare and so do the scammers out there that are trying to separate Medicare recipients from their money.  

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Adams Publishing Group, the parent company of ECM Publishers, announced Oct. 26 that it is acquiring a Mount Airy, N.C. group of publications and associated websites from Champion Media, effective Nov. 1, 2017.