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Unison Comfort Technologies Expanding Minneapolis Operations

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Categories: Jobs

Unison Comfort Technologies, a manufacturer of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems for the commercial sector, is expanding its facilities in north Minneapolis and will add 75 jobs. The company, headquartered at 60 28th Ave. N., said it is expanding because of increased demand for its HVAC products, which include air handling equipment, rooftop units, energy recovery systems, dehumidification units, and heating and cooling coils. The company plans to invest $627,000 in the expansion and will create jobs paying an average salary of $16.90 an hour.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is assisting with the expansion with a $400,000 grant from the Minnesota Job Creation Fund. The company will receive the funding after meeting its hiring and investment commitments.

The Job Creation Fund, which was first proposed by Governor Mark Dayton to encourage job growth in Minnesota, will award $24 million in business incentives that were approved in the 2013 legislative session. Officials said the program is helping the state to compete for new jobs and businesses.
“The Minnesota Job Creation Fund is working, helping businesses expand and create thousands of new jobs across Minnesota,” said Governor Dayton. “I congratulate Unison Comfort Technologies for their success, and thank the company for the 75 good-paying jobs this expansion will create.”


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Governor Dayton Heads to Mall of America for Lindau Lane Reopening

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Categories: Transportation, Commerce

On Friday, Governor Dayton visited the Mall of America in Bloomington to celebrate the completion of the Lindau Lane road improvement project. Thanks to $15.4 million in funding from the Governor and the Minnesota Legislature, the Mall of America’s more than 40 million visitors will notice some improvements starting this fall.

Governor Dayton joined local leaders as the new Lindau Lane Corridor opened to traffic, reducing congestion for those heading to the Mall of America. The new corridor project also is expected to foster economic development in Bloomington and provide safer access to parking for the largest shopping mall in the United States.

“This project will greatly improve the flow of traffic for cars and pedestrians entering the Mall,” said Governor Dayton. “It will improve safety, support commerce, and help eliminate the backlog of traffic that we have seen pile up for years at this intersection.”


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Governor Dayton Announces $70 Million Investment in 13 New Corridors of Commerce Transportation Projects

Posted on October 07, 2014 at 2:48 PM
Categories: Outdoors, Greater Minnesota, Public Safety, Transportation

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Governor Dayton announces Corridors of Commerce transportation projects


Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the acceleration of 13 more transportation projects in addition to the 14 prior to date. In 2014, Governor Dayton and the Legislature invested in the Corridors of Commerce initiative, which will be funding twelve of these plans. The final project – the expansion of Highway 371 to four lanes from Nisswa to Jenkins – was funded in part by $45 million in cost savings at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

“These projects will reduce travel times, improve safety for Minnesota citizens, and help our businesses transport their products more efficiently,” said Governor Dayton, who working with the Legislature in 2013 and 2014 invested over $331 million in the new Corridors of Commerce initiative. “The number of projects from all over our state, which sought financing from this program, underscores the acute need for more transportation funding.”

State savings through efficiencies will accelerate the Highway 371 expansion project by two years, which means that MnDOT will begin construction in 2016, two years earlier than planned.  This was made possible with funding from new investments in the Corridors of Commerce initiative, as well as the cost savings. Altogether, 27 transportation projects have received Corridors of Commerce funding since November 2013.


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MnDOT encourages schools, communities to participate in International Walk to School Day, Oct. 8

Posted on October 07, 2014 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Education, Transportation, Environment

ST. PAUL, MN — More than 40 schools statewide are participating in International Walk to School Day Wednesday, Oct. 8, to encourage students, parents, teachers, community members and organizations to get out on sidewalks and trails. The event is anticipated to draw participation from more than 4,000 schools from all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, as well as 40 countries around the world.
 
This event is an opportunity for families with children who typically ride a school bus, and who live in areas with bike friendly paths to school, to walk and bike to school. Many schools participate by arranging for school buses to drop off students at a nearby park or other safe locations to finish the trip on foot. The drop-off option also can be used for students who are usually driven to school in private vehicles.
 
“Participating with school children emphasizes the importance of increasing physical activity, teaching pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and building connections between families, schools and communities,” -Nicole Campbell, Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School coordinator. 

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Last year's International Walk to School Day at Lyndale Community School in Minneapolis


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Governor Dayton Meets with Students and Teachers at Congdon Park Elementary in Duluth

Posted on October 06, 2014 at 2:25 PM
Categories: Greater Minnesota, Education

ST. PAUL, MN – With the first month behind them, thousands of students across the state are settling into their classrooms for the 2014-15 school year. Governor Dayton visited Duluth today, meeting with kindergarten students and teachers at Congdon Park Elementary.
 
Since 2011, the Governor and the Minnesota Legislature have invested $895 million in schools. This year, more than 55,000 of Minnesota’s youngest learners will benefit from free all-day kindergarten, while others will benefit from high-impact initiatives designed to increase literacy and close the achievement gap.

“As Minnesota’s students and teachers return to the classroom, I wish them all a successful school year,” said Governor Dayton. “During the past four years, the Legislature and I have worked to make high-impact investments that will improve academic achievement and prepare our students for future success.” 

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Governor Dayton visits with all-day kindergarten students at Congdon Park Elementary School in Duluth


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Governor Dayton Proclaims “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”

Posted on October 02, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Categories: Human Rights

Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed October to be “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” to honor victims, celebrate survivors, and support efforts to end the violence. Despite increasing awareness of domestic violence, it remains a problem in Minnesota and across the United States. Last year, more than 63,000 Minnesotans sought assistance from domestic violence programs. But, that number reflects just a small fraction of victims – with only one-in-five victims seeking help. Overall, one-in-three Minnesota women has been a victim of domestic violence.


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Worthington to host Pheasant Opener in October

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 4:19 PM
Categories: Outdoors

Governor Dayton at last year's opener

Worthington is proudly known for its annual “King Turkey Day,” but this southwestern Minnesota town will now be rolling out the red carpet for another tasty bird. Next month, the 2014 Governor’s Pheasant Opener will be held in Worthington, which offers hunters several thousand acres of prime public land.

This year’s Worthington Opener is expected to be a productive one for Minnesota hunters. The 2014 Pheasant hunting survey shows that southwestern Minnesota is expected to have some of the best conditions across the state this fall. 

However, hunting is hardly the only fun activity available to visitors. The Worthington area is home to great fishing, biking, and hiking opportunities as well, and for those looking for a less rigorous vacation, Worthington and surrounding communities offer great restaurants, golf courses, and museums.


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Governor Takes Executive Actions to Protect Children from Abuse

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Categories: Health


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Governor Mark Dayton today took a series of executive actions to protect children in Minnesota from the threat of abuse and neglect. These efforts include both immediate changes to the child protection system, and the establishment of a new Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children. The Task Force, appointed by the Governor, will make specific recommendations for comprehensive improvements to the child protection system in the upcoming 2015 Legislative Session.

“The abuse of any child in Minnesota is one child too many,” said Governor Dayton. “No child should have to suffer from the violence or neglect of a family member or other adult. I look forward to the recommendations of this new Task Force, and I urge the Legislature to act on them in January.”

Minnesota ranks among the top five states in child well-being. Still, in recent years some children have fallen through the cracks of the child protection system, suffering maltreatment and even death from violent abuse. The executive actions taken by Governor Dayton today will strengthen protections for children, and enhance the accountability and vigilance of state and local child protection systems.


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Reading Well Early Drives Future School Success

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 2:35 PM
Categories: Education

Governor reading to Kindergartners

Students who master the fundamentals of reading at an early age are better prepared for future academic success. As our kids are exposed to more advanced concepts their ability to learn becomes increasingly linked to their literacy. In math classes, students may be asked to do word problems, while in a science or history class they may be assigned a reading out of a textbook – all of which require strong language skills.

To help our students develop the strong reading skills they need, we launched the bipartisan “Read Well by Third Grade” in 2011. Since then, we have invested $150 million in high-impact literacy programs that helping ensure all Minnesota students are developing the reading skills they need for academic success and bright futures.


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Minnesota leads Electronic Waste Recycling Initiative

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Categories: Environment, Earth Day, Technology, Public Safety, Outdoors

Governor Dayton today visited Richfield-based Best Buy to thank the company as it celebrates over one billion pounds of consumer electronic recycled since 2009. In honor of Best Buy’s progress and to highlight the continued importance of recycling, the Governor also declared it to be “Electronic Waste Recycling Recognition Day” in Minnesota.


“Best Buy is an industry leader in helping consumers to recycle their old electronics,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “Their efforts are good for Minnesota's environment and consumers. I thank Best Buy for their outstanding leadership and for their continuing commitment to responsible environmental stewardship.”

Today’s celebration builds on Minnesota’s 2007 Electronic Recycling Act, which requires all computer and TV monitors to be recycled when discarded and placed specific requirements on electronic manufacturers' treatment of waste.

What is electronic waste?
E-waste, as it’s called, is what’s created when electronic materials are disposed. This can include cellphones, computers, printers, televisions, and digital cameras. As technology continues to advance and we continue to upgrade our devices, the amount of e-waste we produce continues to rise as well.

Unlike throwing away a piece of paper, however, disposing of electronics can have a huge impact on the environment and on our health; e-waste contains high levels of lead, cadmium, and other chemicals that can pollute the ground and water supply if they aren’t properly disposed of. Electronic waste should always be taken to certified recycling facilities that are trained to manage these hazardous chemicals.

To find electronic waste collectors in Minnesota and help ensure your e-waste is properly disposed of, visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website. 

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Governor Dayton with Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly



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