Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith on Women’s History Month in Minnesota

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Statements from Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith on “Women’s History Month” in Minnesota

Today marks International Women’s Day, and the national “A Day Without a Woman,” recognizing the great value that women contribute to our economy and society

New national study ranks Minnesota the best state in the nation for women

ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed March to be “Women’s History Month” in the State of Minnesota. While women’s history should be celebrated and studied throughout the year, this is a time to observe the role women have played in shaping Minnesota’s history, and the critical role all women play in shaping our state’s future.

Today’s proclamation comes as WalletHub recently released a new national study ranking Minnesota the best state in the nation for women. The study also ranks Minnesota 1st in the nation for Women’s Economic and Social Well-Being, and 5th for Women’s Health Care and Safety. You can read the WalletHub report by clicking here.

The following is a statement from Governor Mark Dayton:

“During Women’s History Month, I urge all Minnesotans to reflect on the significant achievements that have been made by women in our state, and across our country. These rankings from WalletHub underscore the great progress we have made. But our work is not done. We must continue to stand up for equality and inclusion at all levels in our state, including equal pay for equal work, protecting reproductive rights and access to health care, charting the course for paid parental leave, and expanding economic opportunity for all women in Minnesota.”

Today also marks International Women’s Day, and the national “A Day Without a Woman,” recognizing the great value that women contribute to our economy and society.

The following is a statement from Lt. Governor Tina Smith:

“On January 21, 2017, I marched in St. Paul with almost 100,000 men and women for our shared values: freedom, independence, and opportunity for everyone. Today, we take the next step. ‘A Day Without a Woman’ reminds us that every day, 2,727,005 Minnesota women do their jobs, take care of their families, and make our communities work. Our economy, our schools, and our communities ought to work for women as well as women work for us.”

You can read Governor Dayton’s proclamation here.

About Women’s History Month

In 1981, Congress passed a law requesting the President to proclaim a National Women’s History Week. For the next five years, Congress continuously passed this law in order to designate this week in March as National Women’s History Week. After great advocacy efforts and a petition from the National Women’s History Project in 1987, the United States Congress declared the month of March as National Women’ s History Month. A special Presidential Proclamation has been issued every year since 1995 to honor the achievements of American women. You can learn more here.

Zero Energy Schools Accelerator program now available in Minnesota

News from Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERT)…

Minnesota and California along with six school districts and several national organizations are implementing partners in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) new Zero Energy Schools Accelerator program, the DOE announced on Dec. 6. The Accelerator is part of the DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative and its ongoing strategy to advance energy efficiency and accelerate the market adoption of Zero Energy Buildings.

On average, Zero Energy Schools can use 65% to 80% less energy than conventionally constructed schools, while the remaining energy required is supplied by renewable energy. This significantly reduces utility costs, often amounting to more than $100,000 per year. To help schools realize these savings, DOE and its supporting organizations will work with the implementing partners and help them develop a road map for Zero Energy Schools.

The Accelerator goals include:

  • Identify strategies to overcome market barriers related to building Zero Energy Schools;
  • Share solutions, resources, and technologies that help schools achieve zero energy goals;
  • Develop replicable road maps to build Zero Energy Schools; and
  • Increase visibility and replication of best practice approaches and successful models.

Commerce leads Minnesota’s Accelerator effort: The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources will be Minnesota’s collaborating partner on the Accelerator effort. It will identify one or more K-12 school projects appropriate for pursuing zero energy goals and will prepare a road map to outline key zero energy design parameters and address barriers to achieving zero energy. Lindsay Wimmer, Energy Project Manager for the Division of Energy Resources, is the Commerce contact person for the Accelerator program. Commerce recently became a member of the Minnesota Green Schools Coalition, a network of the state’s strongest advocates leading the charge for healthy learning environments for our children while inspiring environmental stewardship in students of all ages.

Learn more:

MN TAP (Technical Assistance Program) upcoming events

We wanted to share some upcoming learning opportunities on water from the University of Minnesota MN Tap…

MnTAP staff will share case studies and best practices at several events this month.

March 8: Minnesota Rural Water Association Technical Conference. Find out how energy benchmarking can help municipal wastewater operators reduce operating costs.

March 23: Chemical Coaters Association International, Twin Cities. Discover how Valley Craft, JIT Powder Coating and Nordic Ware benefited from MnTAP and MPCA expertise and financial assistance

March 29-31: Wastewater Operators Conference. Gain insights into energy benchmarking, discharge reduction and energy best practices.

March 30: Minnesota Efficient Irrigation Summit. Learn how MnTAP staff expertise can help municipalities and their business communities reduce water consumption and increase efficiency.

Calling all youth entrepreneurs – MN Cup applications open March 20

It’s a great opportunity – would love to see some LqP folks get involved…

MN Cup is the largest statewide startup competition in the country, and we’re proud to again sponsor the Youth Division. Students age 18 and under are eligible to participate in this platform that encourages and fosters the development of creative ideas by Minnesota’s youth.

Participants will have an opportunity to access available resources, network with MN Cup partners, mentors and entrepreneurs, and hone their business pitch and plan. The winner will receive $10,000 in seed capital, along with a variety of other benefits. Applications are accepted March 20 – April 28.

Education Powered by the Sun: Solar Power Forum March 10

Several school districts in Minnesota have installed solar electric systems to reduce some combustion-based electricity and have also incorporated curriculum based on the technologies. But now, the Red Wing School District is close to net zeroing out its electricity use and earning some money to aid the budget because of its renewable energy projects. The Red Wing Kindergarten class of 2017 will spend their whole education life powered by the sun.

On Friday, March 10th, Kevin Johnson, the technology coordinator for the Red Wing School District, will be presenting to the Region Nine Renewable Energy Task Force. Johnson has implemented energy efficiency measures for decades to lower the costs of operating a school district. Recently, he has studied and participated in the installation of a Community Solar Garden Project. He will present on energy strategies in school systems and how to invest in renewable energy projects.
Friday, March 10, 2017
9:00-10:00 a.m. (Presentation)
10:00-11:00 a.m. (Question & Answer)

Intergovernmental Center
10 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 56001

This event is free and open to the public.

Kennedy’s Bakery for Sale – looking for a baker/owner to keep this treasure in Western MN

Kennedy’s Bakery is for sale!  This 39 year successful Bakery is a main stay in our community and we would like to retain the bakery because it is the only available bakery in our county and one of the very few in the five county region in South Western Minnesota.bakery 1

Are you an aspiring baker or do you know an aspiring baker that is looking for a great opportunity to own and operate your own bakery?  This bakery is a great opportunity for you!  It is nestled on Main Street in downtown Madison, MN.

For Sale: Kennedy’s Bakery

Well established, full line retail bakery in rural Minnesota. 

  • We offer a wide range of products including fresh baked bread, buns, rolls, danish, donuts, lefse, cookies, cupcakes, pies, cakes and decorated items. 
  • Many seasonal products including rosettes, holiday cookies, and home-made candies. 
  • Specialty items include cinnamon bread, mocha bars and decorated cakes. 
  • Annual sales are $300,000+ with room for growth. 
  • 65% retail sales and 35% wholesale. 
  • Accounts include grocery stores, nursing homes, and restaurants. 
  • This is a well-supported, profitable business. 
  • We have been in operation for 39 years. 
  • Excellent opportunity for someone who wants to be self-employed
  • Business, Building and all Commercial Equipment lock, stock and barrel.
  • Turn-key quality establishment
  • A three bedroom apartment upstairs from the bakery would make an excellent living quarters for the new owner or rent it out for additional income.

Contact us for more info 

MN Pollution Control busts Green Myths

We’re going to give you the myths – you’re going to have to check out the latest MN Pollution Control newsletter for the full story!

  1.  Water-efficient toilets don’t work.
  2. Washing dishes by hand saves water& energy.
  3. Turning your computer on and off wastes energy.
  4. Minnesota has plenty of water, so we don’t need to conserve.
  5. It’s better for the environment to wash your car by hand than at the car wash.
  6. Products labeled as “natural”, “eco-friendly”, or “green” are better for the environment.
  7. Environmentally, paper bags are better than plastic.