Guns don't make Minnesota safer, and too often lead to heart-breaking stories — that was the Valentine's Day message from religious and gun safety groups to lawmakers.
The Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition last year pushed legislation to address so-called food deserts in rural and urban areas, and now a bill to fund such legislation is being introduced at the State Capitol Thursday.
The Good Food Access Fund would provide loans, grants and technical assistance to existing or new business owners to offer healthy, affordable food.
The bill’s co-author, Rep. Rod Hamilton, says more than 340,000 Minnesotans face both distance and income barriers to getting fresh produce, low-fat dairy products and other healthy options. He adds one in four are children, and one in five are seniors.
“First, we were thinking, ‘Let’s just put it in and get people talking about it,’ and we’ve received all kinds of support,” he states. “And we were very thankful that other legislators agreed with us and we were able to get it passed last legislative session.”
Hamilton says just more than 60 percent of Minnesota counties have been losing grocery stores since 2007.
The University of Minnesota Extension Survey did a survey of grocers and found 6 in 10 plan to own their business for another 10 years or less, and don’t have a plan in place for who will operate it after they retire.
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Indivisible CD3 brings petitions with several thousand signatures asking Rep. Erik Paulsen to hold an in-person town hall meeting with constituents — something he has not done in several years.
Citing concerns about their future and safety of their families under the current administration, many immigrants in Florida say they are accelerating plans to become United States citizens.