Dayton and MNSure

Immediately after he was sworn in, Governor Dayton began a plan to scrap state health programs for the poor and uninsurable and move to early implementation of Obamacare. Part of that was a statewide health insurance exchange called MNSure. For Minnesotans dumped off of their healthcare and forced onto the exchange, MNSure exists as a website, promoted sarcastically by slick television commercials featuring Paul Bunyan and his blue Ox Babe

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Rural America Slow to Recover

The report notes that rural job growth stagnation has coincided with the first-ever recorded net population decline in those regions, driven by a drop in the number of new migrants moving in. This means the unemployment rate in rural regions has not risen, since fewer people are seeking work.

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Pulling Permits to Pull Weeds

Independence Day is a time for many of us to head to one of the 10,000 lakes for recreation, relaxation.

As a kid, getting the lake ready for the 4th of July began with picking all of the sharp rocks out of the swimming area. Next, my brothers and I scrubbed all evidence of geese and seagulls from the dock. This would be followed by raking, cutting, hoeing, mowing and pulling all kinds of slimy, stinky, thorny and leafy seaweed, grass, and other varieties of pesky submerged, floating and emergent plants.

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Aquifer

In the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” we are blessed to have an abundance of clean water. Our lakes, rivers and streams determined much of the settlement, commerce and recreation in our great state, and they still do today.

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