First Children’s Finance seeks rural communities to partner on child care initiative

First Children’s Finance is looking to partner with communities from Greater Minnesota for their Rural Child Care Innovation Program. The Innovation Program, funded through grants from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, provides funding and technical support to assist communities in developing solutions to increase the supply of high-quality affordable child care. The program aims to: […]

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New website provides access to Minnesota’s ‘COVID-19 checkbook’

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) launched a new webpage this week that outlines the state’s COVID-19 financial status. The Minnesota COVID-19 Checkbook provides direct access to budget and payment information as it relates to COVID-19-related funding. The figures are updated daily based on accounting data and actual agencies’ revenue and expenditure transactions. The checkbook includes […]

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Reminder: Call for Border to Border Broadband Grant applications

Information provided by the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development and the Office of Broadband Development: The Office of Broadband Development (OBD) wishes to remind all potential broadband grant applicants for this year’s 2020 grant round that – prior to submitting a broadband grant application – every applicant must contact all existing wireline broadband […]

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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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