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MN Blog Cabin Roundup 5/6

Comparing human services proposals in the legislature; a Jane Jacobs for the Iron Range; South Dakota should lighten up; and more.

Breaking down the three health and human services proposals

from Minnesota Budget Bites by Ben Horowitz

Last week, the Senate and House passed their plans for the Health and Human Services (HHS) portion of Minnesota’s budget, which funds critical services that make basic necessities like health care and child care affordable for more Minnesotans.

Is there a ‘rural’ Jane Jacobs for the Iron Range?

from My Minnesota by John Harrington

Yesterday was Jane Jacobs birthday and “May the Fourth” always be with her. There was a very nice profile of her yesterday in the guardian newspaper. It helped me remember how much her writing helped shape my world view when I was a practicing planner. It still does, so the profile also started me wondering if rural towns and cities had the equivalent of a Jane Jacobs. It turns out, based on a few Google searches, that they do, her name is Jane Jacobs. Ms. Jacobs summarizes her perspective on rural development in The Economy of Regions, part of the “THIRD ANNUAL E. F. SCHUMACHER LECTURES.” See how well the following description seems to fit our “Iron Range”  by replacing “Bardou” with “the Iron Range” in the following paragraph from her essay…

Dear South Dakota: Lighten up

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

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South Dakota is feeling under-appreciated, again. A South Dakota state senator wrote a commentary in today’s Star Tribune complaining about the newspaper’s preview of Paul McCartney’s two Target Center concerts. The headline says it all: “Gee, did you have to slam South Dakota again?”

It seems the mulleted Beatle began his Midwest tour in Sioux Falls, which prompted the Strib’s music critic to do what music critics do for a living, get snarky. “For once, you may envy the folks who live in Sioux Falls,” wrote the Strib’s Chris Riemenschneider.  This prompted South Dakota State Senator Bernie Hunhoff to do what South Dakota politicians do for a living, get defensive.

MN Legislature: I guess we are going with ‘Nothing is Needed’

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

They don’t HAVE to do anything.

As we wind down the 2016 session, the House Republicans are stalling. They say we need a transportation bill – but they have nothing proposed that is realistic. They say they want to give tax relief – which means putting the budget back at risk, and still no defined proposal. They say that when those priorities are finished, then and only then will they consider a bonding bill – and even that will be no more than $600 million.

None of that HAS to be done. The budget was set last year. Nothing needs to be added.

Women’s worldview at work shifts with age

from The Middle Stages by Amy Gage

Research and anecdotal evidence show that some professional women are leaving the work force deep into middle age for reasons that include disillusionment, early retirement and elder-care duties. Other career-oriented women in their 50s and early 60s are scaling back their careers, as I did, shedding their intense, single-minded focus as they would a wool blazer on a warm spring day.

A May evening at River Bend Nature Center in Faribault

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

SUNLIGHT FILTERED THROUGH THE WOODS, cutting sharp angles across trails, spotlighting wildflower blossoms, gloaming with an ethereal quality. … The end of the day was nearing as my husband and I walked the trails of River Bend Nature Center in Faribault, first at a fast pace to raise our heart rates. That didn’t last long.

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