Fishing Opener, Women's Economic Security Act
Picture This: 2014 Fishing Opener

PICTURE THIS: Scenes from the 2014 Governor's Fishing Opener

Thanks to everyone who shared their photos from Opener Weekend using the hashtag #GFO2014.

$45M state grant brings mental health outreach to schoolhouses

Pioneer Press | May 8, 2014

Any day of the week at Edison High School in Minneapolis, lead therapist Jennifer Ramji could encounter a student who lost a loved one, recently became homeless or is simply having a bad day.

If Ramji and her staff can provide those students with convenient, in-school mental health care, they are less likely to miss class and have disciplinary problems and are more likely to graduate.

"We always have someone available to meet them in the moment," Ramji said. [Read More]

Minnesota Business expansions for first quarter of 2014

Hibbing Daily Tribune | May 6, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has been able to spread some good jobs news the first quarter of 2014, thanks in part to a new company that will locate a biochemical plant on the Range and several other business expansions statewide. [Read More]

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Dayton signs law to give women a better workplace

Fox 9 | May 11, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - Gov. Mark Dayton celebrated Mother's Day by signing a bill dubbed the Women's Economic Security Act into law on Sunday morning. The measure aims to provide equal pay for women and provide stronger workplace protections.

"When future generations look back, we will be able to tell them that we did something to make the lives of working women and working families better," Rep. Carly Melin said.

The Minnesota Senate passed the bill on a 51-14 vote in late April that aims to lessen the pay gap between men and women in the workforce. Currently, women in Minnesota earn 20 percent less than their male counterparts. [Read More]

DEED Commissioner in Mankato to Talk Civic Center Dollars

KEYC | May 7, 2014

The commissioner of Minnesota's Department of Employment and Economic Development stopped by Mankato to help garner support for bonding projects like the Verizon Wireless Center.

Katie Clark Sieben met with City Manager Pat Hentges and Greater Mankato Growth President Jonathan Zierdt to discuss the importance of including projects like the civic center in the bonding bill.

Sieben says, "The reason this is so important is  this is the center of the economy for Mankato. Downtown economic activity is key to future economic growth." [Read More]

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