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Extra distracted driving enforcement begins today

Posted by HBC Newsdesk April 13, 2015

More than 300 law enforcement agencies across the state, including the Minnesota State Patrol will be cracking down on distracted drivers starting today. The extra enforcement runs through Saturday, April 18. Stopping distracted driving starts with all of us. If you are a passenger in a vehicle with a distracted driver, Speak up: tell them […]

Trout harvest season opens April 18

Posted by HBC Newsdesk April 2, 2015

Got your fly tackle and lures ready? The trout harvest season on inland streams opens Saturday, April 18. According to the Department of Natural Resources, opportunities for trout anglers have continued to expand, and at present there are about 3,800 miles of trout streams in Minnesota. With an early snow melt, and barring heavy rains, […]

MnDOT releases 2015 road and bridge construction schedule

Posted by HBC Newsdesk April 2, 2015

Today, Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle and MnDOT engineers announced a list of 290 transportation construction projects that are getting underway this construction season. Projects scheduled for this year will help preserve and maintain state highways, bridges and other transportation infrastructure. Zelle noted that many of the projects in this year’s program will provide shorter term […]

State bicycling conference set for May 4-5

Posted by HBC Newsdesk March 31, 2015

People interested in supporting and promoting bicycling in the state can register now for the 2015 PedalMN Bicycle Conference May 4-5 at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis. Theme for the conference is “Building a Bike-Friendly State.” The conference will feature speakers and sessions on how Minnesotans are creating partnerships, making connections and growing businesses to […]

DNR seeks volunteers for frog and toad calling survey

Posted by HBC Newsdesk March 27, 2015

The Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Wildlife Program is seeking volunteers to participate in the Minnesota Frog and Toad Calling Survey to help track population changes in the state’s 14 frog and toad species. Frogs and toads are one of the best indicators of wetland health. New volunteers receive a kit that includes a CD […]

Klobuchar, Hoeven Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Fuel Innovation, Boost America’s Competitiveness

Posted by HBC Newsdesk March 27, 2015

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would help fuel innovation and boost America’s competitiveness in the global economy. The Innovate America Act would help cut red tape, expand successful education programs, promote U.S. exports in new markets, and help America retain its competitive edge. “In order to continue […]

Sen. Franken budget amendment to protect college Pell Grants from devastating cuts fails to gain enough traction

Posted by HBC Newsdesk March 27, 2015

With debate over the Senate budget underway, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) pressed to include a key amendment that would protect the federal Pell Grant program—which helped more than 160,000 students in Minnesota afford college last year—from steep, devastating cuts. As it stands now, the Republican’s budget plan would cut almost $90 billion in funding […]

DPS warns on potent new drug: marijuana wax

Posted by HBC Newsdesk March 25, 2015

The Stearns County Attorney’s Office today charged two men with third degree murder in connection with a marijuana wax manufacturing operation that resulted in an explosion and fire. The fire resulted in the death an 85-year-old St. Cloud woman. The Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs says the emergence of marijuana wax manufacturing […]

New estimates show over 325,000 Minnesotans at risk of oil train spill

Posted by HBC Newsdesk March 20, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released an estimate that 326,170 people live near rail routes that carry crude oil from North Dakota. In a released statement, House Deputy Minority Leader Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth) said, “The large amount of people living and working close to oil train lines is a major cause for concern, as […]

Proposal would send every four-year-old in Minnesota to high-quality, all-day preschool

Posted by HBC Newsdesk March 20, 2015

Minnesota could be among the first states in the country to offer free, full-day early learning programs for every four-year-old if a proposal from Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Senate becomes law this session. If passed, the proposal would allow an estimated 47,300 students to attend preschool in the program’s first year of operation. […]

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