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AMAZING: A new video from Children’s Minnesota, “Children’s Minnesota is fortunate to see what makes children so remarkable every day. Children’s Minnesota provides quality care to every patient, regardless of their ability to pay. No child is ever turned away. Whether you’re using one of their clinics or your child is receiving care at the hospital, see how everything they do, is for the most amazing people on earth...Children’s Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health care systems in the United States – with two hospitals, 12 primary and specialty clinics and six rehabilitation sites, providing care exclusively to children from before birth through young adulthood.”  WATCH   (SPONSOREDChildren’s Minnesota)

MEMO: via memo to the media from Linden Zakula, Gov. Mark Dayton’s Deputy Chief of Staff this morning at 5:08AM, VEBRATIM: “Rep. Steve Drazkowski’s dangerous proposal to strip Minnesotans of essential health care benefits is back. Today at 3:00PM CT, the House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee will consider this legislation (HF2026), which would allow insurance companies to sell junk policies that leave Minnesotans without coverage, when they need it most…On January 19, 2017, Rep. Drazkowski offered a similar amendment to the health premium relief bill that would have allowed insurance companies to sell health policies in Minnesota that would not cover chemotherapy, diabetes treatments, hearing aids for kids, maternity benefits, and dozens of other conditions and treatments that are currently guaranteed under Minnesota law…Seventy-one Republicans voted for and passed the amendment on the House floor. But facing public scrutiny, including opposition from the AARP the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) the measure was stripped from the bill in conference committee. Now, emboldened by Republican measures in Washington that mirror the Drazkowski proposal, Republicans have brought the measure back to life at the Minnesota Legislature, granting it a full hearing today.”  FULLMEMO:
FEDS: via WCCO-TV’s Esme Murphy, VERBATIM: “Republican lawmakers insist their health care plan will be cheaper and cover more people than the Congressional Budget Office predicts…Minnesota health care providers who serve low-income Minnesotans, on the other hand, are criticizing the plan. Jonathan Watson is the Associate Director of the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers. The organization represents 17 community health centers across the state that serve 175,000 mostly low-income Minnesotans. WATSON: “Absolutely, it’s a crisis,” Watson said of the new GOP health care bill. “It’s very concerning to us, especially when we are looking at massive cuts to our budgets.”…The Minnesota Department of Human Services estimates under the Republican plan 1.2 million low-income Minnesotans will eventually lose their health care coverage or have their coverage reduced… A more immediate crisis is just months away. On Oct. 1, community health centers across the country will lose $3.6 billion in federal grants, including $22 million to centers in Minnesota…Open Cities Health Center in St. Paul is planning cuts that could affect 2,200 patients. Its CEO James Platten said”  READ/WATCH:
DCCC:  The Democratic Congressional Campaign committee sent out media alerts targeting Reps. Jason Lewis and Erik Paulsen yesterday after the CBO report came out.  PREVIEW:  For 2018, expect the TV ads to sound something like this, QUOTE: “Representative Lewis promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with lower costs and more coverage. Instead, the most trusted nonpartisan analysis has clarified that 24 million Americans would lose their health care under this Republican plan,” said DCCC spokesperson Patrick Burgwinkle. “Now Jason Lewis will have to own the consequences of this disastrous bill and the fact that he misled his constituents.”  Just change the name of the GOP incumbent.
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CHARITY:  Taxing community charities via Allied Charities of Minnesota: Last year, $60 million was contributed to invest in the assets that make our cities and towns better places to live, from lifesaving emergency equipment to programs for at-risk kids. What makes these investments possible? Charitable gaming. The pulltabs, bingo and other games many Minnesotans enjoy with friends also are building stronger communities. Yet, in spite of all their good work, community charities are taxed at a rate up to seven times higher than a for-profit business. Why? Because that was the politically-convenient way to pay for the billion-dollar U.S. Bank Stadium. Charities know they will pay high taxes. They have accepted that they will pay the lion’s share of the stadium. But they should be treated fairly.  READ:  (SPONSOREDAllied Charities of Minnesota)

REINSURANCE: via Brian Bakst at MPR News, VERBATIM: “The Minnesota House has approved a bill that would shield health insurance companies from some of the risk involved in paying for medical care…The so-called reinsurance plan would have the state share in the costliest claims. In passing the bill Monday mostly along party lines, the Republican-led House also voted down DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's plan to expand a public option…It's the second major bill to advance this year aimed at shoring up a beleaguered individual insurance market. The first one provided direct premium rebates to buyers who lacked other public subsidies. DAUDT: "It's a bill that is a great second step now to healing the wounds to the individual marketplace that were brought on by Democrats by jumping into the deep end of the pool on Obamacare and MNsure here in Minnesota," he said…There's a rush to get a reinsurance law in place by April 1. Insurance companies are working out what they want to charge for policies next year. They'll deliver estimates to state regulators around May…It works like this: Insurance companies that incur a subscriber's claims exceeding $50,000 and up to $250,000 would have a portion of those costs covered by a new state fund. A board would determine what percentage each payer shoulders.”  READ:
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SCHOOLS: via Josh Verges at the Pioneer Press, VERBATIM: “The Minnesota Court of Appeals has dismissed a class-action lawsuit that sought to desegregate schools in the Twin Cities and its suburbs…A three-judge panel said Monday that whether or not the minority students who filed the lawsuit have received an “adequate” education is a “political question” that the courts cannot address…The judges said that to judge the adequacy of the public schools would require them to evaluate standardized test scores and graduation rates, which “inevitably requires the judiciary to establish educational policy.”…Dan Shulman, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said he will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.”  READ:
$15: via Fred Melo at the Pioneer Press, HEADLINE: Five St. Paul mayoral candidates endorse $15 minimum wage.  READ:
VAPING: via City Pages, VERBATIM: “The Minnesota legislature wants to impose a 30 cent per milliliter tax on eliquids for electronic cigarettes. Considering bottles of eliquid are typically sold in 30ml or 60ml sizes, that tax could add up to $9 or $18 per bottle – doubling prices and shuttering small vape shops across the state…”  READ:
REDISTRICTING: via Matthew Stolle at the Post Bulletin, VERBATIM: “A state demographer says it's likely that Minnesota will lose one of its eight congressional seats in the next round of U.S. congressional apportionment because of population trends. BROWER: "It looks like it's going to be very difficult to hang on to another House seat," said State Demographer Susan Brower. "We have eight right now, and it looks like if nothing changes and we actually count the people we think we have, we could lose a House seat next time around."… It's not that Minnesota isn't growing. It's just not growing as fast as some other states, she said. Minnesota loses people, many of whom are in their late teens and early 20s, to other states she said.”  READ:
MORE: via the Post Bulletin, VERBATIM: “Rep. Jennifer Schultz, a DFLer from Duluth, says she has a better way. Instead of the inefficient and expensive process that the state has long used, her bill would take redistricting out of the hands of legislators and give it to an independent panel of retired judges… "It's nothing new that Minnesota would be proposing, and it would make the process more transparent than it is today," Schultz said….Schultz made the pitch Saturday for her bill during a forum organized by the League of Women Voters and Common Cause, a nonprofit citizen's lobbying group. The event was held at the Rochester Public Library. Schultz was joined by Phil Wheeler, a redistricting process expert, and state demographer Susan Brower…Although the event was advertised as a nonpartisan forum, only Schultz and DFL Rep. Duane Sauke of Rochester attended the event. None of the Rochester area's GOP legislators attended, even though all received invitations to the event, organizers say.”  READ:
TODAY: via advisory a news conference today at 9 AM, VERBATIM: “Patients who have ever experienced a denial or delay in receiving a refill or new medication prescribed by their doctor know the frustrations of dealing with insurers’ complicated medication prior authorization processes. Rep. Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake) and Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester), along with the Minnesota Medical Association and its partners, will discuss legislation to fix this confusing process for the benefit of all Minnesota patients.”
PREVIEW:  The Star Tribune previews the news conference with Rep. Rod Hamilton’s personal story.  READ:
BRACKET:” March Madness is upon us! Did you know Minnesota played an important role in college hoops from the very start? Just four years after basketball was invented, Hamline University made history by hosting the very first intercollegiate basketball game between two college teams. The Pipers played the University of Minnesota Agriculture School in the basement of the Hall of Science with peach baskets as hoops. Watch KARE11 uncover more about the origin of intercollegiate basketball before the start of March Madness with interviews, archived photos and more.” WATCH:  (SPONSORED: Hamline University)

TODAY: via news advisory, VERBATIM: “Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius will visit early education centers in Duluth and Virginia Tuesday to highlight budget proposals that provide the building blocks young Minnesotans need so they can start school ready to learn.
SESSION: In the House Taxes will hear a bill that expands the Dependent Care tax credit, and Transportation will hear a Met Council reform bill.   The Senate is in session at 12 noon.  Senate Taxes will hear a bill dedicating auto part sales taxes to roads and bridges.  A quiet but contentious small cell wireless bill will be heard in Local Govt in the Senate.  The bill seeks to find some consistency among municipalities for increasing wireless capacity.  In the Senate Judiciary, a bill allowing law enforcement officers to carry their firearms in public places when off-duty.  FULLSCHEDULE:
TODAY: Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith will have breakfast with DFL Legislative Leaders.  Later, Governor Dayton will separately call MNsure Board Members Pete Benner and Phil Norrgard. Throughout the day, Governor Dayton will hold supplemental budget meetings with commissioners and staff.
TODAY: Lt. Governor Smith will meet with commissioners and staff. 
NUMBERS: via Susan Elizabeth Littlefield of WCCO TVVERBATIM:  “At a ceremony celebrating the first year of the program, the lawmaker behind it took the mic.  LOON: “This is a great example in teaching people about financial literacy and getting them to sweeten the pot,” Rep. Jennifer Loon said…The premise: If you open an account at a participating credit union like Laura did and contribute $25 a month, you’ll be entered in regular cash lottery drawings for $100, $1,000 and up to 5,000 dollar a year.”  READ/WATCH: (SPONSORMinnesota’s Credit Unions)

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ECONOMY: via news release, VERBATIM: “The majority of Minnesota is expected to experience strong economic growth over the next several months, according to new economic reviews and forecasts released today by Secretary of State Steve Simon and the St. Cloud State University School of Public Affairs Research Institute.  The 2016 fourth quarter Minnesota Regional Economic and Business Conditions Reports show five of six planning areas—metro, central, northeast, northwest, southeast—experiencing strong and steady growth in the coming months.  Only the southwest planning area is expected to see somewhat slower economic growth.  Across the state’s six planning areas, there was an increase in average weekly wages as tight labor market conditions collided with a declining labor force….  There is one quarterly report for each of six statewide planning areas.  The economic reviews and forecasts are based on a comprehensive examination of several datasets, including business filings.”  QUOTE: “Labor force figures have declined in the fourth quarter, and labor shortages are appearing in many parts of the state causing higher wages,” said King Banaian, report co-author and dean of the School of Public Affairs at St. Cloud State University.  “Rural Minnesota has been challenged with lower agricultural exports in 2016, but this could reverse this year.”  RELEASE:  REPORTS:
FARMTOSCHOOL: via Veronica Carter at Minnesota News ConnectionVERBATIM: “A coalition of public health groups, farmers’ organizations, school nutrition advocates and businesses has launched a campaign to pass a statewide Farm to School bill in Minnesota.  The legislation would reimburse schools for their farm to school programs and provide technical assistance to districts, farmers, and businesses that want to start or improve a program that’s already in place.  Erin McKee, co-chair of the Farm to School Coalition, says it would also maintain funding for a grant program that allows school districts to purchase equipment….  The legislation being heard in a House committee this week would also give schools money to buy local meat, dairy and produce.  Minnesota is one of only 12 states without such a statewide policy in place.  McKee says the legislation also provides funding to educate Minnesota farmers who want to participate in the Farm to School program, which she says can help them grow their business.”  READ:
DITCHES: via Red River Farm NetworkVERBATIM: “The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s road ditch haying rule would be sidelined for one year in a bill that is moving through the State Legislature.  This bill would prevent MnDOT from issuing any permits until April 30, 2018.  It has passed the Minnesota Senate and is awaiting a vote by the full House.”
AGWOMEN: via University of Wisconsin-Extension, “The Role of women in agriculture,” a conversation with Jessica Pralle, president of the Association of Women in Agriculture.  LISTEN:
IMMIGRANTS: via Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health CenterVERBATIM: “Immigrant workers make up nearly half of the dairy labor force and dairies employing immigrants produce 79% of the US milk supply.  However, most workers receive no safety training.  Producers and workers struggle with language and cultural barriers and limited safety resources.  This changing diversity in the workforce presents new occupational risk factors.  Culturally and linguistically appropriate education in agricultural health and safety is necessary.  Producers and immigrant workers successfully tested a model program to address on-the-farm safety needs from hazard reduction to worker training.  It developed a train-the-trainer curriculum that was later adopted by OSHA as an approved curriculum and utilizes Community Health Workers.  The 5-module curriculum includes background sections, step-by-step facilitator guides and handouts to reinforce safety messages, as well as visuals for workers with limited formal education and low literacy levels.”  RESOURCES:
BACKGROUND: via Center for Rural Policy and DevelopmentVERBATIM: “The immigrant population is growing in rural Minnesota, and those who are interested in farming will be replacing a dwindling population of traditionally white farmers.  Like traditional American farmers, immigrant farmers have a need for continuing education to keep them up on best practices and new technology in agriculture.  Minnesota’s ag educators have a unique opportunity to provide education through programs that already exist but only need some adaptation to fit language and cultural needs.”  READ:  REPORT:  (SPONSORED: by Center for Rural Policy and Development)
NXTFARMBILL: via Chuck Abbott at Agriculture.comVERBATIM: “Whenever he talks about the 2018 farm bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway says his goal is “a good farm bill passed on time.”  The elements of a successful farm bill may be debatable, but enacting a farm bill ahead of the September 2018 expiration of current law would seem an unremarkable matter of course.  Yet, it’s not.  Congress hasn’t enacted a farm bill on schedule since 1990.  The current law was derailed by a fight over food stamp cuts and took effect in February 2014, 16 months later than planned.  “Things are tough right now, and they are likely to get a lot worse before they get better,” says Conaway, who has put the farm bill at the top of the committee agenda.  “There are holes in the farm safety net that need mending.”  “Ag policy-makers will likely spend most of 2017 on issues much bigger than the farm bill,” say economists David Widmar and Brent Gloy, who believe a half-dozen topics may well demand attention.  There are potential upheavals in U.S. farm exports, courtesy of President Trump’s trade policy, including Mexico’s threats of retaliation against U.S. tariffs or taxes on Mexican goods.  Renegotiation of NAFTA could begin this summer.  Then there’s the question of whether the new administration will change the biofuels mandate, despite President Trump’s assurances that “renewable fuels are essential to America’s energy strategy,” and “the gigantic issues” of immigration reform, overhaul of health care law, tax reform, and how to pay for a massive infrastructure package, say Gloy and Widmar.  Most of those issues are outside of Agriculture Committee control, but they could block the road for the farm bill….  Conaway and Representative Collin Peterson of Minnesota, the senior Democrat on the committee, are campaigning for additional money for crop supports for the new farm bill.  That question will be decided in coming months in the face of Trump’s calls for massive shifts in federal spending.  Depending on the answer, it could ease or crimp the process of writing the farm bill.  Conaway says he needs the “budget flexibility” to write good policy and worry later about how to pay for it.”  READ:

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THISWEEK: earnings announcements, conference calls and/or presentations from Christopher & Banks Corporation on Wednesday, BioAmber and Skyline Medical on Thursday

OPTIMISM: via news release, VERBATIM: “Small business owners are the most optimistic they have been since the start of the Great Recession, according to the latest findings from the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, conducted Feb. 6-10.  In the quarterly small business survey, which measures the optimism of small business owners, the overall Index score increased significantly to 100 in February, up from 80 in November and up 33 points from a year ago.  This marks the highest optimism reading since July 2007 when it was also 100, and represents a return to pre-recession levels.  Several factors contributed to the jump in small business optimism this quarter, most notably, how business owners rate their current business conditions.  The present situation score – how business owners gauge their perceptions of the past 12 months – shot up 16 points to 40 in February, representing the largest quarter-over-quarter increase in the history of the survey.  The future expectations score – how business owners expect their businesses to perform over the next 12 months – climbed four points to 60.”  READ:  INFOGRAPHIC:
ETHICAL: via Ethisphere, Minnesota companies 3M, Ecolab, Target, Thrivent Financial and U.S. Bank are among the latest listing of World’s Most Ethical Companies.  COMPLETELIST:
HAPPY: via Richie Bernardo at WalletHub, Minneapolis ranks 24th and St. Paul ranks 25thamong 2017’s Happiest Places to Live.  RANKINGS:
BETA.MN: via Jeff Pesek at TECHdotMN, VERBATIM: “Beta.MN returns on Thursday, March 30th with open floor style demos from 5:30 – 7:30 at The Machine Shop in Minneapolis.  Tickets still remain for the opportunity to interact with these 12 tech startups, and then some.”  STARTUPS: Sittereco: A word-of-mouth mobile app network connecting recommended parents and sitters.  Genovest:  A suite of stock market investment tools designed to help the modern investor make smarter decisions.  Chanl Health: Solution that helps users deliver useful health snapshots over time by pulling data from the apps and devices that they already use.  Inkit: Makes sending physical mail as easy as sending email.  Corridor Music: An interactive, game-based music theory, ear training and keyboard program created by music education professionals.  Corology: Delivering affordable, professional and personalized coaching for everyone in your company.  ClinicianNexus: Solution that helps clinics, hospitals, and schools manage advanced practice clinical rotations.  Trip4Care: Suite of services built to help you easily book your medical tourism trips so you can get the affordable care that you need.  Intervotion: Infrastructure mapping solutions for building managers and first responders.  Delve Health: Machine learning enabled software to help users quickly identify relevant information and create actionable, insights from the ever-growing amount of data being collected through publications, abstracts, clinical trials and patents.  Spark DJ: Your personal DJ….  Sentera: Revolutionary drone and software solutions for the agriculture, mining, infrastructure, inspection, and public safety industries.”  DETAILS:
CLEANCOFFEE: via PRNewswireVERBATIM: “Caribou Coffee has set a Clean Label standard for its US locations making the coffee company the first national coffeehouse chain to offer beverages made with Clean Label ingredients.  Caribou's Clean Label Commitment means the company will not add artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, MSG or high fructose corn syrup to its beverages and all beverages will be made with Clean Label ingredients by 2018….  Caribou set its Clean Label standard by creating an "Off-Limit list" of 70+ ingredients which will not be added to its beverages.  Ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, aspartame and many others will not be added into any Caribou Coffee beverage.”  READ:
LTDEDITION: via PRNewswireVERBATIM: “Indian Motorcycle, America's first motorcycle company, and the Jack Daniel Distillery, America's first registered distillery, today announced the availability of a Limited Edition Jack Daniel's® Indian® Chieftain®.  The new custom-inspired Chieftain marks the second year the two iconic American trailblazers have joined forces to build a unique V-twin-powered celebration of American craftsmanship.  The motorcycle brings together two brands that share a mutual commitment to independence, originality, and ingenuity.  Designed in conjunction with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, S.D., the Limited Edition Jack Daniel's Indian Chieftain conveys an intimidating presence while maintaining an ultra-premium look…. Only 100 of these show-stopping Limited Edition Chieftain's are available globally, and each comes with a commemorative American flag handmade from Jack Daniel's barrel wood.  Each flag will be customized to include the owner's name, motorcycle number and VIN.”  SEE:
STARTUP: via Jeff Kiger at Rochester Post-Bulletin, VERBATIM: “Alan Marmorstein has his eyes on the prize for his young Rochester startup.  It all started when Marmorstein, a Mayo Clinic consultant and researcher, led his lab team in the development of a new process to grow retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) cells from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC).  The iPSC-spawned retinal cells are of a better quality than the standard RPE cells previously used in eye-related research, but the process for making them "is not trivial" and is more expensive.  With the support of Mayo Clinic and local entrepreneurial advocates, Marmorstein launched LAgen Laboratories LLC in July 2015.  The small company, privately owned by investors, licenses the RPE process from Mayo Clinic to grow the eye-specific cells….  To prepare for that future, Marmorstein and LAgen are working to perfect the process of growing the best quality cells and how to grow them in mass….  In 2016, it received a $100,000 loan from Rochester Economic Development Inc.  RAEDI also helped LAgen line up industrial space for its clean-room manufacturing facility.  It moved into 3,100 square feet of space in the Slumberland complex in June 2016.  That is larger than LAgen needed, but the founder say he wants to have room for future growth in Rochester.”  READ:

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