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Minnesota Report Card

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

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The Minnesota Report Card is a new website that gives you easy access to understandable district and school data. This tool is designed to provide parents, educators, schools, districts and citizens with easy access to district and school information, test results, revenue and expenditure data, demographic information and other critical data in a centralized location


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Senior LinkAge Line® 20 years of serving Minnesota’s seniors

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM
Categories: Seniors

Cliff Vrieze, Senior LinkAge Line User

Cliff Vrieze of Spring Valley began looking into Medicare enrollment just before his 65th birthday four years ago. Without help, this proved to be a frustrating and confusing experience. But Katie, certified Medicare counselor and aging expert at Senior LinkAge Line®, explained Medicare and answered all of Cliff’s questions.

This August, the Senior LinkAge Line® celebrates 20 years of serving older Minnesotans and their families by connecting them at no cost to the resources they need. The Senior LinkAge Line® is marking this milestone by unveiling a new 20-year anniversary logo, which will be prominently featured at the Minnesota Board on Aging’s booth in the Education Building at the Minnesota State Fair.

The Senior LinkAge Line®, 1-800-333-2433, has grown in breadth and depth of services since it was first established by the Minnesota Board on Aging in 1994. Most recently, under the Dayton-Prettner Solon Administration, the Senior Linkage Line® has become a One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors, helping callers to access services in other state agencies, find out about volunteer and employment opportunities and information about “Own Your Future” so they can plan for long-term care as they age.


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Helping Part-Time College Students Succeed

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Part-time students gain from State Grant

We all know that education is critical to a bright future. In fact, by 2018 an estimated 70 percent of Minnesota jobs will require some education beyond high school. And right now, only 40 percent of Minnesotans hold post secondary degrees. Closing this higher education gap is critical to helping all Minnesotans get great jobs in the future and growing our economy.

However, the rising cost of higher education is putting college out of reach for many.  Currently, Minnesota has the third highest student debt rate in the United States with the average graduate leaving school with $29,800 in debt. This year, Governor Mark Dayton and the DFL legislature expanded Minnesota’s State Grant Program to an additional 15,000 students so that more students could get an affordable education.


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Letter from the Commissioner

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:31 PM

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Minnesota's Department of Transportation booth at the State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is an incredible event. People from all over the state travel to Falcon Heights to eat new foods, learn a few things and to watch people.

Getting to the fair is probably the most important step. And there are many options, buses, bicycles, cars and even on foot. All of those modes use some part of Minnesota’s large and diverse transportation network.

In Minnesota, each of us interacts with the transportation system each and every day. We go to work or to school. We stop at the store, buy fuel and maybe go to a restaurant. There are kids’ soccer games and movies to see.


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Countdown to Learning: STARBASE Minnesota creates next generation of engineers

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 3:47 PM

We all know science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are incredibly important to Minnesota’s economy. Minnesota hosts cutting-edge industries like robotics engineering, natural resource development, data analysis and many more. Right now, we aren’t creating enough engineers and scientists to meet the demand. One Minnesota non-profit is working to change that.

STARBASE Minnesota fosters an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math in elementary school kids. Their innovative program exposes Minnesota students to exciting science experiments, model rocket launches, and high-tech engineering software. 



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Governor Dayton Proclaims Minnesota State Patrol Day

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM

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Governor Dayton presents the proclamation to the Minnesota State Patrol

Governor Dayton proclaimed today to be “Minnesota State Patrol Day” in conjunction with State Patrol Day at the State Fair. The proclamation recognizes Minnesota’s state troopers for their commitment to public safety. Every day, state troopers work to keep our highways safe, while also assisting other law enforcement agencies, carrying out search and rescue missions, and leading Minnesota’s homeland security efforts.


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Summer Nudging Initiative Increasing College Enrollment

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 3:10 PM

  Minnesota students preparing for college

Incoming college students not only face academic challenges, but also struggle to navigate the required paperwork. New students must fill out forms for financial aid, registration, housing, courses, and meal plans. For first-generation college students without a parent or guardian already familiar with the system – the mounting paperwork can present a major barrier to higher education.

To help our incoming college students, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education started its “Summer Nudging” initiative to help guide students through the process. Students who sign up for the program get regular text message reminders with dates and deadlines for critical registration paperwork.



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See you at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair!

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 11:58 AM

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Stop by and visit us at the Great Minnesota Get together! Follow #Didyouknow to learn more about the work Minnesota state agencies are doing to make users’ experiences better, and simpler. You can find out more at the #MNStateFair

This week marks the beginning of the 2014 Minnesota State Fair! At more than a dozen state agency booths across the State Fair, fair-goers will be able to find more information about the work State Agencies are doing to make government better, faster, and simpler. 

These reforms have saved Minnesotans time and money – including reducing expensive and time-consuming paperwork, and creating new online solutions for permit applications. Over the last four years, Minnesota state agencies have reduced waiting times for vehicle registrations from 90 days to just 10 days, cut environmental permit waits by over 40 percent, and made hunting and fishing licenses available on smartphones. To learn more about these and other initiatives, come and find us at the fair!


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After 6-Year Wait, Mankato Civic Center Expansion to Be Completed

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM
Categories: Jobs, Economy, Greater Minnesota

Mankato Civic Center Expansion

The expansion of the Mankato Civic Center has been six years in the making. And thanks to the 2014 Jobs Bill passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton last May, the project is finally on track to be completed. The Jobs Bill enacted during the last session provided $14.5 million to add an auditorium, additional meeting rooms, and renovate the ice arena. The Civic Center expansion is expected to create more than 450 new construction jobs and generate an annual $50 million economic impact.

“This project was long overdue,” said Governor Dayton. “The expansion of the Mankato Civic Center will add hundreds of new jobs, and bring thousands more visitors to Mankato every year. I congratulate the many community leaders who worked for years to complete this important project.”

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Governor Dayton Proclaims Farm Family Recognition Day

Posted on August 07, 2014 at 4:51 PM
Categories: Agriculture, Economy, Jobs, Greater Minnesota

Governor Dayton greets a family at FarmFest 

Today Governor Dayton traveled to Redwood, MN to speak in a forum at Minnesota’s annual Farmfest. To recognize the contributions to our state and their community, Governor Dayton has proclaimed August 7, 2014 Farm Family Recognition Day in honor of the 66,000 family-owned and operated farms across the state.

Family farms make up the backbone of Minnesota’s economy. From raising livestock to maintaining crops, Minnesota relies on farm family communities to build and sustain Minnesota agriculture and economy. Farm Families of Minnesota generate over 3 billion dollars in exports and are in strong support of renewable energy efforts.

“Minnesota is the fifth largest producer of agricultural products in the nation,” said Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson. “Agriculture generates an estimated $90 billion in economic activity in this state.”

Farmfest is an annual agricultural fair that celebrates these accomplishments. With a packed schedule, this gathering offers livestock handling, panel discussions, crafts, seminars and entertainment. Each year the University of Minnesota presents the Farm Family of the Year Award which recognizes 70 Minnesota farm families who have contributed to our state's’ agricultural economy and their communities. 

It is important to acknowledge Minnesota Farm families not only for their fundamental role in Minnesota agricultural economy, but also as community members that make Minnesota a better place. Governor Mark Dayton fully supports and promotes local farming here in Minnesota. Since taking office in 2011, Governor Dayton and the Department of Agriculture have implemented the following initiatives:


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