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House votes to expand health coverage for poor Minnesotans

February 14, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

More than 35,000 low-income Minnesotans would gain health-care coverage under a bill the House approved Monday.
Representative Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth, said the federal government would pick up most of the cost under a new health-care law. Continue Reading

Cellphones an ‘inexpensive necessity’ for homeless

January 24, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

MOORHEAD, Minn. Like most people these days, Todd Rau needs his cellphone. Continue Reading

Humane Society: Rescued mares to be released to homes

November 1, 2012 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR A spokeswoman for the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties said Thursday the prognosis for a rescued colt is “poor at best,” while the two mares that were rescued were being released to homes on Thursday.
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Bill to feed low-income people passes SD House

February 15, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE A faltering tax refund program for poor people should be scrapped so the money can instead be given to a nonprofit organization that provides food to low-income families across South Dakota, the state House decided Tuesday.
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SD lawmakers reject drug tests in welfare program

February 7, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) A South Dakota House committee has killed a pair of bills that would have required people in the welfare and Medicaid programs to be tested for illegal drug use. Continue Reading

Romney comment on ‘very poor’ prompts hasty self-defense

February 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, confident after his Florida primary victory, ended up inviting criticism today when he said he’s “not concerned about the very poor” because they have an “ample safety net.” He later said his remark was consistent with his theme throughout the race, adding: “My energy is going to be devoted to helping middle-income people.” Continue Reading

Poor facing winter after cuts in aid for heating

December 12, 2011 in The Daily Republic

WASHINGTON Mary Power is 92 and worried about surviving another frigid New England winter because deep cuts in federal home heating assistance benefits mean she probably can’t afford enough heating oil to stay warm.

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Third agency lowers Minnesota credit score

September 23, 2011 in West Central Tribune

ST. PAUL The country’s third major credit-rating agency has downgraded Minnesota’s bond rating, meaning that borrowing money for new construction and repair projects likely will cost state and local governments more.
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Man raises money to help poor in Mexico

May 30, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

MILFORD, Iowa Just about every May, Paul “Jak” Eich packs up his car and heads north from his current home in Mexico to his former home area of southwest Minnesota-northwest Iowa. The purpose of this trip isn’t just to reconnect with family and friends. He also hopes to raise money to help the poor people children in particular in his adopted town of Zitacuaro, Michoacán, Mexico. Continue Reading

Minnesota Republican bill aims to cut spending on health care for poor

March 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Legislative Republicans indicated Wednesday that they will seek broad federal authority to revamp Minnesota’s major health care programs for the poor, in addition to broad but unspecified cuts in human services as they struggle to deal with the state’s budget deficit. Continue Reading