STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Food stamp cut begins farm bill debate
By Don Davis
Food stamps are at the same time the biggest hurdle to enacting federal farm policy and a necessary part of passing the farm bill.
Discussion about cutting spending for the program to fee... Posted on 6/18/13 at 5:16 PM
STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS Conservation groups praise Senate farm bill
Conservation groups are praising the Farm Bill the U.S. Senate passed Monday for its strong conservation title.
The Senate passed the version 66-27.
The groups were especially pleased with the bills... Posted on 6/11/13 at 9:51 AM
STAFF BLOG MORE WITH MORKEN Osakis football feels stronger, better prepared to battle in AA
The Osakis football team has put in the work in the weight room this off-season and is ready to see how that translates to the field in 2012.
I spent Monday morning in Osakis as the Silverstreaks wor... Posted on 8/20/12 at 7:38 PM
A new $500 million bonding bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law includes an option for public buildings to take advantage of solar energy.
Advocates say it will help state schools, hospitals, police stations, and other public buildings to install solar energy this year and into the future.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has filed a lawsuit against a Pennsylvania-based company that placed charges of over $15 per month for long distance calling minutes on the phone bills of unsuspecting Minnesota residents without their authorization.
The results of the legislative survey we distributed in District 11A have been compiled and the percentages indicate local citizens want state government to get its own spending habits in line instead of raising taxes.
Horse owners want to be included in Minnesota's agriculture industry. Bills currently making their way through the Legislature are designed to provide a "clear and decisive definition of horses as livestock," horse farmer David Dayon of St. Michael said. The change could give farmers who raise horses for a living tax breaks, while not giving the same advantages to people who raise a few horses for recreation.
The 776 medium security prisoners at the Moose Lake prison would be transferred to the Appleton facility under a bill promoted by Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria.
Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) members from the northwest and west central regions of the state recently went to the state Capitol to discuss Farmers Union policy and the 2009 legislative session with legislators.
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