Increasingly, Minnesota farmers are being challenged to make a profit growing soybeans and corn while simultaneously, making our rivers and lakes cleaner. This is a tall order for any business, especially one that has to deal with the whims of 100-year rainstorms or mid-summer droughts.
In 2018 the Minnesota Legislature approved $28.1 million in bond funds to the Department of Human Services to establish new regional mental health centers. This is something Goodhue County along with other Minnesota counties has seen as a great need and all 87 counties supported building and improving mental health services and availability around the state.
It's been gratifying to see the progress our society has made to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. I expect opportunities for employment, independent living and community involvement to continue to increase. There are many reasons for this, but one that's worth noting is the role of direct-support professionals. These are caring people who work hard to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals. They make their lives better in many ways. ProAct employs more than 100 direct support professionals across its six locations.
So much is said about a woman's need to make her own choice about continuing or ending a pregnancy. However, there is an influencing factor to that choice which is typically overlooked: coercion. Is it really a "choice" if she is being bullied, harassed, intimidated or even threatened to have an abortion?
If you live or work along the Cannon River from Shield's Lake to Waterville to Northfield and Lake Byllesby, you might have noticed that the river is green and murky. The green color and odor comes from algae, an aquatic plant-like organism that lives in our lakes and rivers. Healthy rivers and lakes all have some green algae in them, but the water remains mostly clear and colorless.
An artist is sought to lead a public art project telling the complicated and diverse story of Barn Bluff. The city of Red Wing and Live Healthy Red Wing are organizing "If This Bluff Could Talk," a project that will collect and express the diverse local stories and connections people have to He Mni Can.
"President Trump's administration has aggressively promoted apprenticeships as an alternative to higher education, arguing there is a strong demand for skilled workers not currently being met and that they provide good-paying careers without having to incur the debt typically entailed by higher education," Sean Higgins reports for Washington Examiner. The Labor Department has unveiled a new website to promote such opportunities. The address is apprenticeship.gov—a one-stop resource for Americans looking to pursue one of these programs.
City Councils often have to deal with sensitive issues involving different points of view, and the local controversy of whether the city should continue to allow paint/graffiti on He Mni Can - Barn Bluff certainly qualifies as one of those.
This is to thank you for the very liberating Aug. 29 post-storm front-page photo of a man using a chainsaw while wearing shorts and a T-shirt. What a relief to finally realize that I do not need the boots, chaps, gloves and safety glasses I have used for over 40 years while cutting about seven full cords of wood a year. Following your photo, I can now head to my woodlot in sandals.
Learn how to navigate the Minnesota DEED website to gather free and crucial data when Mark Schultz, Southeast/South Central Regional DEED labor market analyst, addresses the Hiawatha Valley Society of Human Resource Managers 7:30-10 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Pottery Museum, 240 Harrison St. Red Wing. This presentation will give an overview of the region's labor market, challenges and projections as well as an overview of the data tools available. A discussion of the overall DEED website will also be presented.