Minnesota's troubled computer system that processes and issues motor vehicle license plates, registrations and titles is known as MNLARS. It could more aptly be titled MNlaugh for its launch has been a failure. The launch of MNLARS in July was supposed to be a 21st-century system that would replace the previous 30-year-old system. The result has been a $93 million investment over nine years that still doesn't work.
Brave politicians Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, joined Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday in proposing a stewardship fee or tax on prescription opioids to raise funding to address the opioids epidemic. Sen Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, is also the bill sponsor in the Senate.
There appears to be a leaker on the Willmar City Council and we are not talking about a simple leaky pipe in the Willmar council chambers at the Willmar Municipal Utilities building. This leaker has seriously endangered all individuals — officials, residents and visitors — who attend a Willmar City Council meeting. Due to safety, security and crowd concerns, Willmar city officials and law enforcement officials have become concerned in recent years about the inadequacies of the current council chambers at the MUC building. The City Council on Monday decided to move all of its
With the pain of the Vikings' recent NFL Championship loss subsiding and the excitement of the Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis growing daily, Minnesotans are ready for game day. Crew 52’s 10,000-plus volunteers have descended upon the Twin Cities ready to show New England, Philadelphia and football fans from around the world what Minnesota Nice is truly about.
There is a movement of civic-minded individuals in the Willmar Lakes Area working to identify needs, develop visions and set goals to help build healthy communities in our region where people want to live, work, grow a business and raise a family. The movement is Vision 2040 and it is helping forge the future of the Willmar Lakes Area. Vision 2040 has developed and completed many community projects during the past five years.
The new year 2018 arrives Monday, providing for a long weekend of celebration, football and hope There is some optimism as well as a bit of dread as west central Minnesota and the nation enters 2018. There are parts of our region and Minnesota where the economic recovery has not yet experienced fully. But the economy overall across the country and the state has continued posting strong numbers. Most economic predictions forecast a likely strong 2018.
It is the Christmas holiday season of 2017, but in Minnesota, the 2018 political season is already starting. As the sexual misconduct complaints arose against Sen. Al Franken earlier in November and continued, the calls for his resignation in early December exploded. On Dec. 7, the senator announced he intends to resign in the coming weeks. That set off a set of political announcements which may only end up in the Minnesota Supreme Court for a ruling.
Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Sen. Al Franken announced: “that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the U.S. Senate.” With a crescendo of Democratic senators and congressmen Thursday calling for his resignation, Franken realized overnight that he likely could not remain an effective senator for Minnesotans.
Black Friday has come and gone for another year. However, there is still time to #shopsmall for Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is a good day #shopsmall and #dinesmall to support your local small businesses in your community. These small businesses are the key to neighborhood strength and create vibrant, diverse communities.