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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 2/1

Snow’s effect on driving, immigration reform, Vennes trial overview, Dayton’s tax reform and the art of healing at a MN hospital.

There’s no business like snow business

from by David Levinson

I had a media inquiry a year ago on “Why we become such bad drivers when it snows”, I didn’t take it, but the question is interesting in a sense. Unlike the rain in southern California, it always snows in Central Minnesota, so this is a recurring question.

Hammer of the gods

from Mr. Dilettante’s Neighborhood by Mark Heuring

Immigration is an issue that I’ve always struggled to wrap my mind around because it’s unlikely there’s a good way to handle the issue. I’m especially skeptical about anything that comes out of Washington that is labeled as “comprehensive” because: a) It won’t be; and b) It can’t be.

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An overview of the trial of Frank Vennes

from Vennes Info by Ken Avidor

Frank Vennes goes on trial next week in a  Federal court in St. Paul Minnesota for his role as financier for the $3.6 billion Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Tom Petters.

Governor Dayton’s budget proposal part 2: tax reform

from Minnesota Budget Bites by Nan Madden

In his recent budget proposal, Governor Dayton outlines how he thinks Minnesota should achieve those goals. Overall, his tax reform plan raises $2.0 billion that is used to address the state’s $1.1 billion budget shortfall (which rises to $2.0 billion when we account for inflation), and to make new investments, particularly in education (early childhood, K-12 and higher education), economic development and public safety.

The art of healing at a Minnesota hospital

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

As Healing Arts Coordinator Elizabeth Jacobs led my husband and me through the maze of hallways and centers that comprise the hospital complex, I thought how Rhody would have felt honored to be part of an exhibit designed to comfort patients and make their hospital experiences more pleasant.

The art selected by a committee of hospital staff fits the program’s criteria as “healing art,” meaning it must be calming, happy and a positive piece of work, Jacobs says.