By Tom Steward | Watchdog.org | Nov 27, 2015 5:00 AM | 14
Water, sewers, roads, parks and other infrastructure projects dominate the spending requests. But Watchdog Minnesota Bureau also found tens of millions of dollars sought for amphitheaters, arts centers, a boat dock, ski lift, community centers and bike trails, among other pet projects.
By Tom Steward | Watchdog.org | Nov 24, 2015 5:00 AM | 10
“Most agencies have sent out letters and will no longer pay overtime,” said Dena Belisle, owner of Adena, a PCA provider agency in Lakeland. “I have gotten several clients from them, due to that change. They are not paying overtime period. Anything over 40 hours, which is really sad.”
By Tom Steward | Watchdog.org | Nov 17, 2015 5:51 PM | 146
“We are deeply disturbed by this development,” said John Hodge, Tunnel to Towers Foundation chief of operations in a November 16 letter to UOM President Eric Kaler. “The rejection of that resolution engenders a real question: Is the legacy of 9/11 retribution, hatred, and fear? Because the people who were actually there live a different legacy.”
By Tom Steward | Watchdog.org | Nov 17, 2015 5:00 AM | 8
“I don’t necessarily think there’s over-testing going on,” said Helen Fisk, Global Academy director. “I think reading and math are pretty basic in wanting to know how your kid’s doing. It’s not unreasonable to give a standardized test in those areas as often as we do. I don’t have a problem with that.”
By Tom Steward | Watchdog.org | Nov 13, 2015 5:00 AM | 20
”It is absolutely deplorable that nobody can tell my clients, after 10 years of applying for licensure, what are the requirements for licensure,” said Rhyddid Watkins, an attorney representing 20 out-of-state teachers. “What do I need to do to get licensed in Minnesota? Apparently, there’s not a single person able to tell them that.”
By Tom Steward | Watchdog.org | Nov 09, 2015 3:34 PM | 111
Several calls to the Fairmont Police Department from child-care providers anxious about a man who came to their homes has led licensing authorities to warn more than 100 residential day-care facilities in Martin and Faribault counties.
By Tom Steward | Watchdog.org | Nov 06, 2015 5:00 AM | 75
“You’re already acquiring a portion of your energy through these alternative sources because we have no choice, but to do it, under government mandate,” said Dan Coughlin, Oliva city administrator. ”If it makes you feel better, then you can have my percentage of it. Then you can tell yourself that your power’s all coming from a windmill and mine all comes from a coal plant.”
By Tom Steward | Watchdog.org | Nov 04, 2015 2:18 PM | 105
City councilors decided they jumped the gun in passing the resolution without adequately discussing the implications—and politics—of extending hate crimes protection to cops.
“It’s turned into a whole lot bigger thing than anybody ever expected,” said Red Wing city councilor Peggy Rehder.
By Tom Steward | Watchdog.org | Nov 02, 2015 5:00 AM
“The decisions that they were making related to the city hall, the library, the public works, the personnel committee, all of this was supposed to be done where the public could watch the process, participate in the process, detect undue influence,” said Victoria resident Tom Funk, a plaintiff with wife Carolyn.