Report says wages go farther in Greater Minnesota

Comparing wages across the state of Minnesota often shows that Greater Minnesota communities have lower median monthly wages. However, this may not show the whole picture. The Center for Rural Policy and Development recently published an article titled “Wages can go farther in greater Minnesota.” This study found that when comparing wages to cost of […]

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Apply for broadband grants

The Office of Broadband Development (OBD) is soliciting applications for Border-to-Border Broadband grant funding of broadband infrastructure projects. Call for Applications – Fact Sheet The application deadline is 4 p.m. on Sept. 30. Application submittals must be via electronic documents in Microsoft Word and PDF formats on a USB drive. Application proposals must be mailed […]

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Governor Walz issues statewide mask mandate

Today Gov. Walz announced Executive Order 20.81 a statewide mandate requiring people in Minnesota to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces and indoor businesses. Masks are also required in outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible. The order will go into effect Friday, July 24 at 11:59 p.m. Children under 5 years old […]

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Walz unveils $100M housing assistance plan

On Tuesday, Gov. Walz announced a $100 million housing assistance program aimed at preventing evictions and maintaining housing stability for individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds for the program will come from the state’s allocation made available through the federal CARES Act. “The COVID-19 pandemic has hit families across the state hard. […]

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Governor announces additional money for emergency child care grants

On July 7, Gov. Walz announced that he will allocate an additional $56.6 million from the state’s COVID-19 Relief Fund for emergency child care grants. These grants will support child care providers facing increased costs and decreased revenues due to the pandemic. Eligible providers will receive a grant paid out over three months to help […]

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Notes from the Capitol – Special session edition

The first of what could be several special legislative sessions was held last week and into the weekend. Unfortunately, there was little agreement reached between the Republican-controlled Senate, the DFL-controlled House, and Governor Walz on most of the big-ticket items. As a result, it is likely that another special session will be called soon, possibly […]

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Bonding efforts fail to break logjam

Passing a robust bonding bill has been the GMNP’s top goal since before the pandemic and we had high hopes that the Legislature would follow through with their promises to get one done. As things stand today, the chances of a bonding bill passing during the special session are slim. During a press conference on […]

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New small-business relief grant program signed into law

One of the first things to happen during the special session was the passage by the House and concurrence by the Senate of a COVID-19 small business relief grant program. Gov. Walz signed the bill into law Tuesday. The bill creates a $62.5 million grant program aimed at providing relief to businesses impacted by the […]

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House, Senate reach tentative agreement on small business grants

The Legislature is poised to pass a significant bill out of the gate during the special session. Based on information that came out of the Senate Jobs and Economic Development Committee hearing Thursday, the two chambers have reached an agreement on approving $62.5 million in small business emergency grants. These grants would make available up […]

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