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 BabeRead the rest of this entry »
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.Read the rest of this entry »
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.Read the rest of this entry »