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Department of Human Services expands role of MNsure in-person assisters

August 24, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

The Minnesota Department of Human Services says that in-person assistance will be available to help MinnesotaCare enrollees get low-cost or free health care coverage through MNsure’s In-Person Assister program.
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Ouch! Disability cases in Minnesota up 50 percent in decade

July 7, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

It’s the other Social Security train wreck that you rarely hear about, and it’s projected to go into the red a lot sooner than the other one 2016. Continue Reading

Survey: Business services firms optimistic about economy

June 29, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Seventy-seven percent of Minnesota firms that specialize in business services are optimistic about the outlook for the state economy, saying they anticipate their sales revenue to grow or remain stable in the coming year, according to a survey by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Continue Reading

State economy among country’s fastest-growing

June 22, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Minnesota has one of the fastest-growing economies in the country, according to a study by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Continue Reading

Public invited to comment on state’s 20-year transportation plan

May 18, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public and transportation stakeholders to learn about the upcoming draft of the Minnesota 20-year State Highway Investment Plan. Continue Reading

New study released about city-owned liquor stores

April 1, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

State Auditor Rebecca Otto today released the
2011 Analysis of Municipal Liquor Store Operations. The report provides
comparative data on liquor operations owned and operated by Minnesota
cities. Continue Reading

Interested in serving on new health insurance exchange? Apply now

March 21, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Governor Mark Dayton announced today that the board for MNSure, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, will be appointed. Continue Reading

Minimum wage earners must work 89 hours per week to afford modest apartment

March 17, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

According to a national report released last week, a minimum wage earner in Minnesota would have to work 89 hours per week or hold 2.2 full time jobs — to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment. Of the twelve states in the Midwest, Minnesota has ranked the worst for affordability for minimum wage workers for three consecutive years. Continue Reading

Law enforcement plans ‘a wee bit’ of extra DWI enforcement this weekend

March 16, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Partygoers are reminded to plan ahead for a sober ride this St. Patrick’s Day weekend as several law enforcement agencies around the state will be adding extra DWI patrols on the roads to prevent alcohol-related crashes. Continue Reading

Cities relying more on property taxes, says new report

March 7, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

State Auditor Rebecca Otto today released the Minnesota City Finances Report. Continue Reading