Girl Protection Bill OK’d; Budget Talks Resume

Protecting young Minnesota girls from what is known as female genital mutilation has gained strong state House support. “This is gender violence,” Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, said Monday before representatives voted 124-4 to get tough on the practice. It was an emotional debate. “I cried myself to sleep” Sunday night in anticipation of the debate,…
Read More

Bill Fighting Female Genital Mutilation Starts Through Legislature

Farhio Khalif brought a “hush hush” religious ritual often called female genital mutilation into the open, saying the procedure is very painful to girls and parents should know it is illegal. Khalif said she should know, because it happened to her as a child. “It is not our will as little girls,” she said, but…
Read More

Chatter: Franken Question Leads To Sessions’ Spotlight

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Russia problems became big news the past few days thanks to Sen. Al Franken. The Minnesota Democrat asked Sessions about the Donald Trump presidential campaign’s ties to Russia. Since Sessions was close to the campaign, Franken thought it a legitimate question as senators weighed whether to approve Sessions to be…
Read More

Child Care Providers Blame Over-Regulation For Minnesota Shortage

By Maureen McMullen A bobby pin left on a bathroom counter might go unnoticed in most homes, but the tiny object sparked a larger discussion about home child care regulations in Minnesota. For child care providers like Julie Seydel, who has been licensed in Anoka County for 14 years, a stray bobby pin could be…
Read More

Communication, Regulation Changes Seen As Child Care Improvement Keys

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Better communication and streamlined regulations are parts of the solution to a greater Minnesota child care crisis, according to key Republicans who will control the 2017 Legislature. Greater Minnesota home-based child care providers are dropping out, often to go to work elsewhere for far more money. Since 2006, the…
Read More