U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota listens to health experts give suggestions Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, about how to improve rural health care. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Franken Pushes Bills To Help Rural Health

Rural Minnesota needs medical healing, and U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he has part of a cure. The Minnesota Democrat said Monday that he is pushing three bills to help bring better medical services to rural areas: — One would provide more ways to get to health-care services, including increasing payments to those who provide…
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Greater Minnesota Issues On Legislative Agenda

Greater Minnesota issues dominated much of the legislative debate in 2015 and likely will again this year as control of next year’s Legislature could be decided in rural areas. Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders fielded a question about what a successful rural session would look like at a recent Forum News Service-sponsored forum. “It’ll…
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Political Chatter: Franken Talks Rural Health Care Woes

U.S. Sen. Al Franken is taking on rural health care in his second term. The Minnesota Democrat is co-chairman of the Senate Rural Health Caucus and has traveled the state discussing the topic. “The conversations were vivid and personal, but also immensely practical,” Franken told the National Rural Health Association on Wednesday. “What became clear…
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Political Chatter: Privacy Matters To Be In The Open

Every Minnesota legislative session seems to produce one issue no one saw coming, at least to the scale it reaches. Perhaps that issue this year will be privacy. When Minnesotans hear comments like from Rep. Peggy Scott, it could attract attention. “In today’s schools, the highly sensitive and personal information … now is being uploaded…
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DFL, GOP Agree On Rural Goals, But Not The Means

Democratic and Republican legislators agree on many goals for rural Minnesota, but often differ on how to reach them. House Democrats unveiled their rural legislative plan Tuesday, mostly the same as they pushed a year ago, calling for better rural schools, improved roads and more jobs. “It’s time to level the playing field for greater…
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