The eleventh hour has passed and the Minnesota Legislature was unable to pass a bonding bill or pass a tax bill during the 2022 legislative session.
In a recent release from Rep. Jordan Rasmusson, R-Fergus Falls, the legislator declares a perfect scorecard voting attendance record. What does this mean?
Gov. Tim Walz recently signed into law a comprehensive veterans bill that aims to end veteran homelessness, fund veterans homes and veterans cemeteries and provide service bonuses to veterans and Gold Star families.
Defendants in a court of law who are declared incompetent may soon find themselves moving through the court system faster with a new bill that was just passed in the Minnesota House.
As the Minnesota legislative session nears an end, Gov. Tim Walz announced the passage of a few bills, including one that will provide $300 million to advance Minnesota’s response to the opioid crisis and a comprehensive veterans bill. During a visit to a metro area school, Walz also highlig…
Local longtime volunteer and guardianship advocate Joyce Lacey of Ashby has decided to make a run for the top spot in the state — the governor’s office.
Despite the Minnesota Senate passage of a paid leave plan, the DFL says it does not come close to funding what is needed to make a significant impact in the state.
It was another busy week for Gov. Tim Walz last week as he celebrated direct payments to frontline workers, purchased his fishing license, proclaimed small business week and announced investments for urban parks and equitable outdoor access.
Gov. Tim Walz called up the Minnesota National Guard to support emergency flood operations in northwestern Minnesota, signed unemployment insurance and frontline worker relief bill, extended the executive order to help fight spread of avian influenza and made some judicial appointments last week.
An act that took effect recently can prevent, as the title implies, in helping health consumers from being surprised by a costly medical bill.
Last week, Gov. Tim Walz delivered his annual State of the State Address, attended a groundbreaking for a highway expansion project and appointed a new addiction and recovery director to help combat the opioid epidemic and tackle addiction in the state.
A new conservative candidate literally threw his hat in the ring over the weekend for the hotly contested Senate District 9 seat. The newly formed Senate District 9 includes all of the counties of Otter Tail, Grant, Traverse, Wilkin and a portion of Douglas County.
Gov. Tim Walz dealt with several big issues last week, among them, he signed a bill into law to advance the state’s continued efforts to control and contain H5N1 (bird flu). The first part of the 2022 Minnesota legislative session is in the books, as the legislature went into recess for East…
From chaotic trading markets to unknown factors in supply issues for the upcoming planting season, the Ukraine situation with the Russian military campaign is causing ripple effects around the world, and a ton of volatility in many area — one of which is agriculture.
Gov. Tim Walz has announced the activation of a USDA emergency response team to support the state’s disease control and containment efforts of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) or bird flu, which poses a low risk to humans but is currently confirmed in three poultry flocks in Minnesota.
Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Steve Grove visited Aura Fabricators in Fergus Falls on Mar. 23. The woman-and minority-owned manufacturer produces everything from steel bridges and other structural steel components to ornamental metal work. …
As previously announced, State Rep. Jordan Rasmusson, R-Fergus Falls, is running for the Minnesota Senate, officially launching his campaign to fill the District 08 seat Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen is vacating.
Sen. Julia Coleman, R-Waconia, and Rep. Jordan Rasmusson, R-Fergus Falls, on Monday introduced a paid family and medical leave proposal which expands access and provides tax incentives to businesses which offer the benefit to their employees.
Do children understand how personal finance works? How credit works, or the implications of student loans for college? Members of the Minnesota House are now considering a bill that would make it a state law that would make it mandatory that a student would be required to take a personal fin…
It is no question that businesses in rural West Central Minnesota, including Otter Tail County, suffered greatly as a result of the pandemic. Additionally, the continuing supply chain issues affecting retail and almost every other sector of the economy have been adversely effected.
Gov. Tim Walz continued to promote his “Move Minnesota Forward” signature legislation last week. Walz also met with President Joe Biden, and continued his outreach to Ukrainian groups and churches in a show of support for the country during the ongoing Ukrainian war with Russia.
Last week at the Capitol, Gov. Tim Walz, who had to issue a writ of special election to fill a vacancy in the current Congressional District 1, launched a statewide public safety tour, issued a bipartisan response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and made a few appointments.
As the legislative session continues, Gov. Tim Walz made recommendations for judicial candidates, approved disaster assistance for eight counties in southern Minnesota affected by a severe thunderstorm in December of 2021, announced that the selection process was opened for a new transportat…
The 2022 session has begun and most of the focus right now is on drafting bills and introducing them in preparation for taking the first steps in the legislative process.
We all know the dangers of driving with snow and ice on the roads, but driving with snow and ice on your vehicle is also a hazard. Always take time to remove all snow and ice from your vehicle before traveling. This is for your safety and the safety of other drivers. Snow and ice left on you…
Question: Sometimes while I am traveling I’ve noticed a set of reflective triangles out behind a semi? Can I use those on my personal passenger car if it were to break down? Any advice is appreciated.
Gov. Tim Walz had a very active week at the capitol in St. Paul last week. From encouraging youth 5- to 11-years-old to be vaccinated and AARP announcing that Minneota will now be among age friendly states and communities, he also announced proposals to support Minnesota children and familie…
Question: It’s so cold in the winter, I am thinking about getting one of those fuzzy steering wheel covers. I think they will help keep my hands warm while driving. But my question is, are they legal?
Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) announced on Jan. 10, that it is now accepting applications for the LRAC Spring Legacy Grants.
Question: I’m thinking about getting a commercial driver’s license with a HAZMAT endorsement. Do I need to have a background or some education in basic chemistry?
Climate change and green houses gases (GHG) have been hot topics for agriculture in the past few months. Farmers are being considered as a part of the solution, as companies who spew GHG want to pay farmers to put in place practices that will sequester carbon in the soil.
It’s no surprise that people want to feel safe where they live. Safety is a fundamental element of well-being, and people crave it both mentally and physically. Oftentimes, feeling safe is a major contributing factor to someone staying in one place or moving to another.
Minnesotans looking for private health insurance in 2022 have until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 15, to enroll in coverage through MNsure.
Question: My wife slid off the state highway this morning. She came to a stop in the median ditch, unhurt but rattled — only needing to be pulled out. When she called me I told her to call the State Patrol and stay in the car until you arrived. What is the right procedure to follow when a dr…
The Minnesota State Patrol is urging extreme caution if needing to travel and is asking all motorists to slow down following a winter storm and blizzard warning issued Tuesday night.
West Central Initiative (WCI) has welcomed four new team members in the areas of community planning, operations and accounting, including a local member.