Minnesota State Administration Requests Funding To Maintain ‘Workforce Engine’

Minnesota State colleges and universities administrators say additional spending is needed to help the state keep pace with growing workforce needs. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development projects that more than 70 percent of jobs in the state will require postsecondary education by 2020. Laura King, chief finance officer with Minnesota State, said…
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Former Secretary Schafer Mixed On Trump Nominees

A Republican presidential Cabinet veteran gives President Donald Trump mixed reviews on his picks for key positions. “I am relatively pleased with the folks he has nominated,” said Ed Schafer, a former agriculture secretary and ex-North Dakota governor, during a Friday, Jan. 20, interview with Forum News Service. “By and large he has business people…
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Successful Minnesota Biofuels Industry Awaits Trump

By Don Davis and Maureen McMullen Minnesota’s plant-based fuel industries of ethanol and biodiesel are success stories, but their future depends on the new Trump administration. “We are a little nervous,” Assistant Commissioner Andrea Vaubel of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture said, not knowing the future U.S. agriculture secretary’s biofuels attitude. Vaubel has reason to…
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Minnesota State Students, Faculty Prioritize Affordability

By Maureen McMullen Students and faculty of Minnesota State colleges and universities agree that state lawmakers should prioritize curbing tuition costs as they consider a request for additional funding. The school system is requesting $178 million in additional state funding, which would include $143 million in campus support that would allow another two-year tuition freeze…
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Chatter: Midwest Waits To Learn About Agriculture Pick

Many Americans have strong feelings about President Donald Trump’s picks for his Cabinet, but not so much his pick for agriculture secretary. A statement by Executive Director Perry Aasness of the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council was typical of reaction the Trump’s announcement that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue will be agriculture secretary: “We are glad that…
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