By Steve Kelley, Minnesota Department of Commerce commissioner, St. Paul, MN Everywhere you turn, in every corner of the state, you will find homeowners, farmers, businesses both large and small, students and others as everyday heroes of Minnesota's clean energy economy. Their individual actions to advance clean energy are building momentum to reverse the course of climate change while creating jobs and saving money in the process, because the economics are undeniable — clean energy is the cheapest energy.
Editor's note: This is the continuation of a series of columns addressing mental health issues. By Jon Koll, MS, licensed psychologist, Alexandria, MN
By Matt Schmit, Red Wing, MN Five years ago this month, the Affordable Care Act's early returns were first coming in. Eight million Americans, including over 300,000 Minnesotans, had enrolled through new online marketplaces — reducing our state's uninsured by nearly one-half. Individuals were no longer denied care due to pre-existing conditions, and young adults gained new coverage options.
By Sylvia Luetmer, Alexandria, MN Let's be clear about one thing; men and women create babies together, but women are the ones who can carry that pregnancy to term and are ultimately the ones to take the responsibility and physical risks. They need to have the right to decide what is best for them when it comes to reproductive choices.
By Nancy Hoffman, Chair of Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition, Chisago County Economic Development Authority When it comes to broadband funding, Minnesota elected leaders deserve credit for recognizing that access to opportunity is not universal — even if talent in our state is.
By Mark Anderson, president and CEO, Knute Nelson, Alexandria, MN Minnesota is facing a perfect storm. Our state's aging population is soaring at the same time senior care providers face extreme workforce shortages. This intersection should be creating a sense of urgency at the State Capitol to put Minnesota on the right path to meet the growing needs of its aging population. But that is not the case.
By Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Brian Thalmann, Shakopee, MN and Minnesota Pork Producers Association President Greg Boerboom, Mankato, MN In 2015, the Minnesota legislature established the Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Tech Transfer program (AGREETT) with a three-year investment in agricultural research at the University of Minnesota. The goal: Achieve long-term sustainability in Minnesota's ag sector.
By Gene Rossum, Brandon, MN April is National Autism Awareness Month. Nationally 1 in 58 children are diagnosed with autism. In Minnesota, some say in may be as high as 1 in 42. What is autism?