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Although it was a constant battle, Senator Sean Nienow continued to push forward with investigating potential fraud claims pertaining to the state’s biggest health maintenance organizations (HMOs). During the last legislative session, Sen. Nienow spent a lot of time calling for a congressional inquiry into Medicaid funding in Minnesota. Sen. Nienow, who initially brought attention [...]

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Calling it common sense reform, Representative Kurt Daudt authored and successfully passed a bill this past session relating to welfare reform. Rep. Daudt spoke about the bill that puts new restrictions on those using Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards that provide cash and food support benefits to Minnesotans. Rep. Daudt explained in August 2008, Minnesota [...]

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Minnesota approached the 100-traffic fatality milestone for the year, just prior to the historically deadly Memorial Day weekend, a period that has accumulated 29 deaths during the last five years (nine in 2010 and 13 in 2009). In 2011, however, there were zero deaths during the weekend, the safest Minnesota Memorial Day travel period on [...]

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The League of American Bicyclists announced May 22 that Minnesota ranks as the second most bicycle-friendly state in the nation. This is a jump from the number four slot achieved in 2010 and 2011. Prior to that, Minnesota ranked fifth in 2008 and 2009. Approximately half of Minnesotans rode a bicycle last year, according to [...]

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Whether you love it or hate it, a new Vikings stadium is coming to Minnesota. By Jon Tatting ECM Post Review Last week in St. Paul, state legislators spent long hours debating, amending and debating some more while the public watched on local television and in person. The bill eventually passed 71-60 in the House and 36-30 in [...]

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The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of leaders of the nation’s premier health care companies and organizations, honored U.S. Representative Chip Cravaack (MN) as “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” at an award ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Monday, May 1. Rep. Cravaack was honored at the Council’s annual Healthcare Innovations Expo on Capitol Hill.  The [...]

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