ST. PAUL — The U.S. Census Bureau is looking to hire thousands of census takers, supervisors, clerks and recruiting assistants later this year ahead of the 2020 census. Rather than driving for a ride-hailing service, those working for the Census Bureau hope they can convince Minnesotans, along with people all over the country, to apply to help count all those living in the United States next year.
ST. PAUL — Cities, counties and townships that charge building fees on new homes banked $78 million more than what they needed for inspection costs over the last five years, a study released Tuesday, Aug. 20, showed. The fees are supposed to offset the cost of the inspection expenses at the municipal level. But affordable housing advocates and state lawmakers worry that gap could be a key factor in why the cost of a new home has become out of reach for many Minnesotans.
PIERRE, S.D. — Noem administration officials on Monday, Aug. 19, warned South Dakota lawmakers of the implications of legalizing industrial hemp while officials running pilot programs in Montana and North Dakota said their efforts had gone off without a hitch. As legislators met for an Industrial Hemp Summer Study meeting, they got a strong message of warning from Gov. Kristi Noem and officials in her Cabinet along with hundreds of questions they ought to answer as they move forward.
ST. PAUL — Advocates pushing for emergency access to insulin sent a clear message to Minnesota lawmakers on Wednesday, Aug. 14: get it done. The human toll of delaying the approval of the program that would provide a free short-term supply of insulin to Minnesotans with Type 1 diabetes who couldn't afford it is mounting, they said, and it will continue to grow with no legislative intervention.
ST. PAUL — The state shouldn't look to the Legislature to help it pay a $25 million bill to the federal government, the chair of a key committee said Tuesday, Aug. 13. Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and she said lawmakers shouldn't have to allocate $25 million in additional funds to cover overpayments to two tribes.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Monday, Aug. 12, announced his pick to lead the Department of Human Services following top-level turnover there in recent weeks. Walz at a news conference said Jodi Harpstead would take over as DHS commissioner beginning Sept. 3. Harpstead serves as president and CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and has a background working in senior leadership ranks at Medtronic.
MORGAN, Minn. — State and national veterinary and agriculture experts are working to prevent a deadly illness in swine from entering the United States. A panel of veterinarians and agriculture industry officials on Wednesday, Aug. 7, said the United States needs to beef up detection and security efforts to prevent African Swine Fever from penetrating the country. The state's veterinary diagnostic lab and state veterinarian are taking steps to prepare for the disease should it hit Minnesota's swine herds, but they're hoping detection efforts will make their work unneeded.
MORGAN, Minn. — The group bearing the brunt of the impact for the Trump Administration's trade policies got a chance to voice its feelings on Wednesday, Aug. 7, about the ongoing trade war with China. The U.S. House Agriculture Committee held a listening session to gauge the impact of trade and agriculture policy in farm country and hundreds of farmers, ag industry leaders and others turned out for the session, packing the building at Farmfest.
MORGAN, MINN. — Trade policy and discussions of currency manipulation were top of mind Tuesday, Aug. 6, as farmers and ag industry leaders convened for the first day of Farmfest. State and national ag industry group leaders expressed frustration about the latest moves from Washington re-upping trade tensions between the United States and China. But they also voiced hope that the ongoing trade talks could yield some positive news for farmers.
ST. PAUL — Thousands of farmers and agriculture industry leaders are set to make their way to Morgan this week for Farmfest, the three-day annual trade fair at the 50-acre site near Redwood Falls. More than 500 exhibitors are set to show their farm equipment and products and farmers can take in demonstrations on farming the up-and-coming crops of hemp and hops or meet with state and federal ag leaders and elected officials.