Thursday, December 20, 2012
Patch will pause to remember the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Patch websites in Minnesota will go dark for a moment Friday morning to honor the memory of those killed one week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The brief Patch blackout is set for 8:30 a.m. CST on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Gov. Mark Dayton has called for a moment of silence in Minnesota one hour later, at 9:30 a.m. CST. In his statement (click on PDF thumbnail), Dayton also asked places of worship and government buildings that have bells to ring them 26 times "in honor of each life that was taken far too soon at Sandy Hook Elementary School." Twenty children and six adults died in the mass shooting. Newtown Patch's news hub has extensive coverage of the events of Dec. 14 and since, including the names of those who died…
Monday, November 26, 2012
He's the new Anoka County Veteran Services Director and a retiring state rep.
John Kriesel may be Anoka County's new veteran services director, but the retiring Republican state representative from Cottage Grove is not saying never to a job higher up in state government: governor. David Lutchen, writing for Woodbury Patch's Local Voices, relayed Kriesel comments posted at therealcapitolview.com: “I would never rule out a run for governor, and the encouragement and support that I’ve received has been flattering, but I absolutely love my new job working for Anoka County Veterans Services and I’ve enjoyed being able to spend more time with my wife and sons now that I’m out of politics,” said Kriesel. He added, “I chose not to seek relection to the Minnesota House of Representatives so I could spend more time with my …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Gov. Dayton said seat licenses would make 'People's Stadium' into 'Rich People's Stadium.' Do you agree?
Updated below. Gov. Mark Dayton lashed out against the idea of the Minnesota Vikings selling seat licenses at the new stadium in a letter to team owners. Do you "deplore" the idea like the governor does, and would you pay for a seat license? In his letter to Zygi and Mark Wilf (see PDF), Dayton wrote: Now comes word that the team is considering requiring season ticket-holders to pay part of the "NFL Team/Private Contribution" for construction costs. I strongly oppose shifting any part of the team's responsibility for those costs onto Minnesota Vikings fans. This Private Contribution is your responsibility, not theirs. I said this new stadium would be a "People's Stadium," not a "Rich People's Stadium." I meant it then, and I mean it now. …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
In a Star Tribune op-ed, the Fridley legislator again argues against URS Corp. getting more government contracts, including any part of work on the Southwest LRT project.
State Rep. Tom Tillberry (DFL-51B) of Fridley continues his effort to stop public contracts from going to URS Corp. with an op-ed article in today's Star Tribune. Tillberry asked Gov. Dayton to cut URS out of government work, specifically the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit project, in a letter last April. URS responded with its own letter to Dayton. Then last week came news that suggested Tillberry's argument had resonated: URS was no longer in line to get the entire Southwest LRT contract. Here are excerpts from Tillberry's op-ed today: On Aug. 1, Minnesota will mark the five-year anniversary of the fall of the Interstate 35W bridge. ... My friend and neighbor Pat Holmes died on the bridge. Since that day, I have been waiting for …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Senator, who represents part of Fridley, cited Vikings' Tarkenton on LIFO reform.
Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill on teacher seniority Thursday that was authored by Sen. Pam Wolf (R-51), who represents part of Fridley. Wolf's bill, introduced last year to teacher-union criticism, passed the state Senate in February. It would end "last-in, first-out" (LIFO) seniority rules for teacher layoffs. In a veto letter (see PDF), Dayton said Republican legislators "denigrate" teachers, and he derided the bill as "yet another example of this prejudice against public school teachers. Once again, they are singled out as 'the problem,' for which some legislators' solution is to override the long-established rights of local school boards and teachers' elected representatives to negotiate the terms of their employment and their …
Legisltative pushes coming to shoves as session end nears.
Watch video via The UpTake of "stakeholders" in the Vikings stadium issue taking to state Capitol mics at noon Friday, followed at 1 p.m. by Republican leaders speaking out about Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of their tax bill (see PDF of his veto letter). Fridley Patch has polled Fridley's delegation at the state Capitol by email to get their views on the Vikings stadium bill, now set for floor votes Monday: Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook | Get daily newsletter | Start a blog
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Fridley rep questions bid by firm involved with faulty 35W and Sabo bridges.
State Representative Tom Tillberry (DFL-51B) sent a three-page letter to Gov. Mark Dayton this week to express his "serious concern" about a bid by an engineering firm, URS Corp., for a pending state contract. Read Tillberry's letter online here. Tillberry, who represents part of Fridley and is a Fridley resident, noted that URS was involved with two faulty bridges in Minneapolis—inspecting the I-35W bridge before it fell and the Sabo bicycle bridge now closed for repairs. The contract in question is for a new light rail transit line between downtown Minneapolis and suburbs to the southwest including St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Edina and Minnetonka. In the April 24, 2012, letter, first posted in a news report at Minnesota.PublcRadio.org, …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Business group that includes Fridley sent letter to governor.
The Twin Ciites North Chamber of Commerce is taking issue with a proposal from Gov. Mark Dayton to build a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium just east of the existing Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. The chamber, whose membership includes businesses from Fridley, is protesting what it clains is "the unorthodox, unfair and convoluted process that has apparently led to the selection of a site next to and overlapping the Metrodome for a new 'Peoples Stadium.'” The Chamber has voiced support for building a new Vikings stadium at a site in Arden Hills that has been proposed by the Ramsey County Board and previously supported by the pro football team. Meanwhile, at the state Capitol, elected leaders are putting final touches on …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The governor expressed support for fish barrier near Fridley in op-ed.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
"Funding is critically needed in this legislative session" for construction of a new fish barrier at the Coon Rapids Dam to halt migration of invasive Asian carp species, Gov. Mark Dayton said in an opinion column published Friday in Outdoor News. The column appeared just a day after fishermen in Winona caught silver carp and bigmouth carp at the farthest point upstream in the Mississippi River so far. The Coon Rapids Dam, just upriver from Fridley, is the farthest north on the Mississippi River that scientists have detected DNA from Asian carp. Another possible barrier is the upper dam at St. Anthony Falls in downtown Minneapolis, just downriver from Fridley. In January legislators introduced a bill to appropriate funds for electric …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Patty Thomas backs formation of a Minnesota insurance exchange.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A Fridley resident played a part in an especially contentious day at the Minnesota Capitol Monday. Patty Thomas of Fridley spoke out after a press conference at which Gov. Dayton announced the recommendations of a health insurance exchange advisory task force. He took Republicans to task for not participating in planning for implementation of the 2010 federal health care law. Thomas, said she favors formation of a health insurance exchange in Minnesota as a way to lower medical costs, according to according to an ECM Publishers article: “I think it’s sad,” she said of the lack of Republican participation in the task force. “This is something that’s so needed.” The article said Thomas, a diabetic, cannot afford private health insurance on …