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Written by Corbin Corson   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:04

Bill to unionize day care providers brings lengthy debates

paul_anderson_150What a dramatic finish to the legislative session! As this is written early Monday morning, approximately 17 hours remain until a mandatory midnight date with adjournment. Most of the major spending bills have been acted on, but an historic debate is still waiting to be concluded on a proposal to allow a vote by child care and personal care attendants (PCA) on unionization. If enacted, it would be a major victory for the DFL and public-sector unions. But those of us against it are not going down without a fight.

Debate on the unionization bill got underway at 2 a.m. Sunday. Despite the late hour, the rotunda outside the House chambers was crowded with demonstrators on both sides of the issue. Union backers sporting SIEU or AFSCME shirts were there, along with other child care providers from around the state, there to voice opposition to the plan that could put providers who care for children receiving the state subsidy into a union.

As debate dragged on throughout the night, opponents to the measure chanted “We’re still here” each time the doors opened and members entered or left the chamber. The same measure had been approved the week before in the Senate, but only after a marathon debate of 17 hours. It appeared the same scenario might play out in the House as around 100 amendments to the bill had been filed.
Glimses From the Past PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Merlin Pederson - Pope County Museum   
Friday, 26 April 2013 07:33

From The Glenwood Herald, May 2, 1913

pcmuesum_build_250School Entertainment Last Saturday at High School Building Well Attended.  There was a large attendance and everybody had a good time.  In the basement a laughing gallery had been fitted out with pictures of a number of our citizens as they appeared in their younger days.  These pictures were explained by Cornie Wollan in his usual happy way.  On the third floor there was a good imitation of the jungle with its wild animals, snake charmer and other features.  Coffee and lunch was served on the second floor.  On this floor was located the moving picture show, guessing contest and sale of confectionery.

The latest enterprise in Glenwood is a cash produce exchange, opened this week in the Berry building on Minnesota Avenue.  The exchange will be operated by Wm. Slininger.  Mr. Slininger asks us to state that his company will pay cash for butter, eggs, poultry and other farm produce and to extend an invitation to the farmers of this territory to call at his place of business.
Notes From The Capital PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paul Anderson - State House Representative 12A   
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 11:38

Health and Human Services budget bill coming up

paul_anderson_150The very large Health and Human Services budget bill will be on the House floor for debate this week.  And despite the fact that Democratic leadership is calling for around $2.5 billion in new taxes for the upcoming biennium, a spending target with a cut was given to those in charge of putting the HHS budget together.  Of special concern is the funding level for those who deal with our older residents and long term care.

A bipartisan bill was introduced earlier in the session that called for a five percent increase in state funding for nursing homes and a program called Elderly Waiver, which helps seniors stay in their own homes.  The cost for this five percent increase is estimated to be around $56 million, granted, a big number, but in the over-all scope of state spending and the looming $2 billion tax increase, certainly a number we should be able to come up with.

Foss catches the eye of the NFL PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Mark Beasley - Sports Editor   
Monday, 15 April 2013 10:17
Foss catches the eye of the NFL

University of Minnesota-Morris CoSIDA All-American football player Brendon Foss, of Hancock,  has caught the eye of the Dallas Cowboys and participated in a workout with the NFL team in late March.
This past season Foss was one of the best pass catchers in NCAA Division III. He had 54 catches for 789 yards and eight touchdowns on the season, despite missing three games due to injury. He averaged 112.7 yards per game and had 150 yards or more in three games this season. In addition, he had three games with at least 10 catches. His season highlight was 12 catches, 182 yards and three touchdowns against Westminster.
Alumni B B Tournament results: PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Mark Beasley - Sports Editor   
Monday, 15 April 2013 10:10

2013lkfoudchamps_250Team Ogdahl won the Women’s division of the Alumni basketball tournament. Team included: Renee Helgenset, Carrie Cooley, Kristie Boyer and Amanda Ogdahl. Back row, L to R: Jennifer Meyer, Paige Meyer-Jahnke, Shannon Weisbrod, Christine Meulebroeck and Kati Beasley.

Team Danielson won the Champion’s division of the Alumni basketball tournament. Members included: Justin Zavadil, Andrew Shea and Mark Danielson. Back row, L to R: Nick Danielson, Brett Thorfinnson, Josh Erdman, Ryan Erdman and Casey Klick.

Team Johnsrud won the Men’s Open division of the Alumni basketball tournament. Pictured are team members L to R: Blake Johnsrud, Jake Mikkelson, Jordan Johnsrud, Shane Bosek, Brady Johnsrud, Scott Faenrich, John Shirkey and Ryan Kleven.
Speakers For Bay Meadows Announced PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Monday, 15 April 2013 10:08

Pope County HRA/EDA announces speakers for Bay Meadows groundbreaking ceremony

Specifics of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bay Meadows housing project in Starbuck were discussed at last week’s Pope County Housing and Redevelopment Authority/Economic Development Authority (HRA/EDA) meeting.
The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. on April 17 and the speakers at the event will include County Commissioner Larry Kittelson (also an HRA/EDA board member), Pope County Coordinator Jim Thoreen and Starbuck resident Audrey Amundson.
The group will set up a tent and refreshments will be served, it was stated.
A proposed underpass project where the Canadian Pacific (CP) railroad crosses Highway 29 north of Glenwood continues to be discussed.  HRA/EDA Director Dick Dreher said he recently sat down with CP representatives at CP regional headquarters in Minneapolis.  He said he thought CP would be very cooperative with a project.
Dreher also mentioned having a petition sheet at the Pope County Expo to seek local support for the project that could be used by legislative representatives.
It was also stated that members of the HRA/EDA board are still gathering data from cities in the county to put on the group’s new website.  Dreher said it was important to get county demographics on the site in the near future.
Notes From The Capital PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paul Anderson - State House Representative 12A   
Monday, 15 April 2013 10:05
Monday, April, 15, 2013

paul_anderson_150Committee action in the Minnesota House is winding down as the final deadline for spending bills to be passed out of committee is this Friday, April 19.  Action then shifts to more and longer floor sessions, with the schedule for this week having us in session every day, including Saturday, April 20.  It’s expected that all major spending bills will be heard during the week and passed.

The Senate released its tax bill last week, and it contained some mild surprises.  They made changes to the sales tax, although not going quite as far as Governor Dayton did in his first proposal.  Under the Senate plan, the sales tax rate would drop to 6 percent but would be expanded to include all clothing and some services, such as auto and farm machinery repairs.  Also in the Senate plan is a proposal to exempt cities and counties from paying the sales tax, something I have supported and, in fact, carried a bill in the House to that effect.  The exemption, much the same as townships currently receive, would cost the state around $140 million in lost revenue, so it’s a big item.  Various plans in both chambers also provide increased local government aid to cities and counties, and I’d be surprised if they get both the tax break and increased LGA in the final plan that’s passed and sent to the Governor.
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