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Oral health care workshop hits nerve of dentists and policymakers

By   /  August 11, 2016  /  Alaska, Arizona, Health Care, Indiana, Issues, Minnesota, National, News, Regulations, Vermont  /  No Comments

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States want to expand access to oral health care, but the debate over how to do it is provoking strong reactions from many within the dental community.

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Minnesota Board of Teaching held in contempt of court

By   /  July 8, 2016  /  Education Blog, Minnesota  /  No Comments

A Nebraska lawmaker wants to end a requirement that all schools set aside time every day for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Minnesota’s Board of Teaching, an 11-member panel that licenses teachers, has been held in contempt of court for failing to offer an alternative licensing program for out-of-state teachers. “The Court does not take the granting of sanctions lightly and would far have preferred Defendant to simply follow the law,” Ramsey County District Court Judge Shawn M. Bartsh wrote […]

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Supreme Court hands property owners a major win in Clean Water Act case

By   /  May 31, 2016  /  Accountability, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Issues, Judiciary, Minnesota, National, News, Politics & Elections, Regulations  /  No Comments

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It was a unanimous win for property rights at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, and another stinging defeat for the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Unsung Hero: Kristi Rosenquist tilts at wind farms

By   /  May 30, 2016  /  Accountability, Energy and Environment, Minnesota, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Part 1 of 3 in the series Unsung Heroes Kristi Rosenquist isn’t one to rest on her laurels. This spring, for instance, she’s battling the wind industry yet again, trying to persuade members of the Minnesota Legislature that the state needs better noise standards for siting wind turbines because those spinning noise-makers are now allowed […]

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St. Paul ponders what to do with waiting lists

By   /  May 2, 2016  /  Education Blog, Minnesota  /  No Comments

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Hundreds of families in St. Paul, Minnesota, were left on waiting lists after the end of school choice lottery season, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports, leading some officials to suggest looking for new ways — including magnet schools — to persuade students to look beyond their first choice. Read the whole story here.

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Nanny State of the Week: A state license for breast-feeding advice?

By   /  April 25, 2016  /  Accountability, Economy, Issues, Jobs + Growth, Minnesota, Nanny State of the Week, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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While some states take a hard look at the cost of occupational license laws, Minnesota might mandate more government-issued permission slips.

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