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Governor’s bullying prevention task force members named

Gov. Mark Dayton’s office today announced the members of a Governor’s Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying.

The governor said in a statement:

“Bullying causes severe suffering and harm to the children, who are its victims; and we must do more to stop it.  Children and parents in Minnesota should have confidence that their schools are safe places for learning and are free of harm or intimidation.  The work of this Task Force is critical to ensuring that a healthy and nurturing school environment exists for every child in our state.”

Members of the task force are:

  • Brenda Cassellius, commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Kevin Lindsey, commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Rights
  • Willie Bridges, senior planning manager, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office
  • Vangie Castro, youth education program manager, Rochester Public Schools
  • Phil Duran, legal director, OutFront Minnesota
  • Alana Friedman, teacher
  • Julie Hertzog, director, PACER National Bullying Prevention Center
  • Lyn Mitchell, co-founder, AMAZE
  • Jacob Reitan, founder, Equality Ride
  • Walter Roberts, councilor, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Dr. Thomas Scott, pediatrician
  • Sen. Scott Dibble
  • Rep. Jim Davnie
  • Two Republican legislators have been invited and are yet to be announced by leadership.
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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Legislative


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Legislation of interest, an update (Education, welfare reform, veterans bills..)

Education Funding

HF 2480 (Winkler) / SF 2029 (Sieben)
Corporate tax provisions and school shift requirements modifications

Named “Pay Back Our Kids Act,” read more in a Star Tribune article “DFLers call for payback of money borrowed from schools”

Jobs and workforce training

HF 2277 (Mahoney) / SF 1768 (Skoe)
New jobs tax credit established, corporate franchise and sales and use taxes changes made, and money appropriated.

This legislation would provide a one-time $3,000 tax credit to any Minnesota business for each veteran, unemployed worker or recent college graduate hired during the 2012 calendar year, and a $1,500 credit for each new hire through June 2013.

HF 2181 (Brynaert)  / SF1751 (Eaton)
FastTRAC adult career pathway program establishment and appropriation

Welfare Reform

SF 1833 (Benson) / HF 2080 (Daudt)
Minnesota family imvestment program (MFIP) ineligibility, sanctions, time limit, and exit level modifications

The above bills were among a series of welfare reforms proposed in February that met with strong opposition from low-income advocacy groups. Read more in the article: ‘Welfare Reform 2.0’ moves ahead, but met with anger at Legislature


HF 2261 (Dettmer)
Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery burial eligibility expanded to include deceased allied Hmong-American or Lao-American veterans of the American Secret War in Laos.

HF 2260 (Dettmer)
Congress and the President of the United States memorialized to amend federal veterans cemetery law to expand eligibility for burial in state veterans cemeteries developed with federal funding to include allied Hmong-American and Lao-American veterans of America’s Secret War in Laos.

HF 2629 (Anderson, B.)
Resolution; Congress and the President of the United States memorialized to formally recognize the Khmer Freedom Fighters.

Read more about this bill in the article: Resolution would affirm Khmer soldiers

Click the “Read the rest of this entry” link to view previously mentioned legislation of interest (from Feb. 7th, 2012)

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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Legislative


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Update on who’s running, who’s not….

There is now a growing list of retirements from the MN Legislature. The most current updates are below. (Originally posted by MPR news).

Republicans not running for re-election to the Minnesota Senate:

Gretchen Hoffman (running for Congress)
Doug Magnus
Al DeKruif
Amy Koch
Gen Olson
Geoff Michel

Note: Republican Mike Parry is running for Congress but has not ruled out a run for re-election if he fails to win his party’s endorsement.

DFLers not running for re-election to the MN Senate:

Keith Langseth
Linda Higgins

Endorsement contests:

– Republicans Michelle Benson and Michael Jungbauer were paired in the same district and are battling for the Republican endorsement. Both say they would abide by the party endorsement.

– DFLers John Marty and Mary Jo McGuire were paired and are battling for the DFL endorsement. Marty said he will abide by the party’s endorsement. McGuire wouldn’t make the same commitment when she spoke with MPR News a few weeks ago.

Republicans not running for re-election to the Minnesota House:

Mark Murdock
Torrey Westrom (running for state Senate)
Bruce Anderson (running for state Senate)
Mary Kiffmeyer (running for state Senate)
Connie Doepke (running for state Senate)
Branden Peterson (running for state Senate)
Mark Buesgens

DFLers not running for re-election to the Minnesota House:

Kent Eken (running for state Senate)
Lyle Koenen (running for state Senate)
Kate Knuth
Bev Scalze (running for state Senate)
Bobby Joe Champion (running for state Senate)
Mindy Greiling

Endorsement contests in the Minnesota House:

– Republicans Glenn Gruenhagen and Ron Shimanski will battle for their party’s endorsement. Both candidates say they will abide by the endorsement.

– Republicans Matt Dean and Carol McFarlane will battle for their party’s endorsement. Both candidates will abide.

– Democrats Frank Hornstein and Marion Greene will seek the DFL party’s endorsement. Both candidates will abide by the endorsement

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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Legislative



Grant Opportunities

Here are some grant opportunities for:

Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Home Project

  • On March 5, 2012, the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Supportwill issue a Request for Proposals that identifies community partners to provide community education/outreach, in-home visits, and referral services for the Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Project.
Homegrown Consultant
  • Part-time consultant to coordinate the work of Homegrown Minneapolis (HGM) to improve the local food environment, both as an economic development tool and a means to improve access to healthy foods for city residents. This position will coordinate the implementation of HGM recommendations/projects in partnership with other city departments, community-based organizations and other stakeholders, and will staff the Minneapolis Food Council. This position will identify funding opportunities and participate in writing grant proposals to fund HGM projects. Services are to be provided between April 1 and December 31, 2012 at a cost not to exceed $50,000.

For more information:

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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Community news


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Korean Cooking Classes

The Korean Service Center presents Bapsang Cooking Club.

When: March 1, 2012 – May 10, 2012 (5-7PM)
Where: Korean Service Center St. Paul Building (2417 Larpenteur Ave. W. Lauderdale, MN 55113)
Fee: $200.00 for 10 Classes or $30 for an individual class
Additional material cost of (+/-) $5 per lesson
Class cap: 10 students
Have questions? 651-649-0009/

For more information, please download the flyer (PDF format) here.

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Community news


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Alert: Telephone Scam Targeting Refugees

This was received from the Office of Refugee Resettlement:

Dear friends,

In early January, we circulated a message concerning a telephone scam targeting refugees.  At that time, a man was calling Bhutanese refugees, identifying himself as a representative of the “Federal Grants Department” from a Washington, DC-based telephone number, 202-436-9601, informing recently resettled refugees that they were eligible to receive $10,000 because they are refugees from Bhutan.  To claim the money, they were instructed to produce a money order for $650, and call the telephone number for further instructions on where to send the money.

We have received updated reports that the scam is still on-going, but some of the details have since changed.  Most recently, refugees (again, still Bhutanese) have received calls from a man who identifies himself as “Nathan Price with the IRS” calling from a different DC-based telephone number, 202-657-4189, who instructs the refugees to have money wired to various people in India.

The most recent target of this scam lost over $6,000.

ORR advises everyone to be aware of this scam, and avoid giving any personal information or making payments to unknown callers.

Please note that the federal government does not demand processing fees, security deposits, or overseas wire transfers from grant recipients or refugees.  If you are the target of a suspicious request, please contact your local police or resettlement agency for further assistance.

Please share this advisory widely within your own networks.


Reports of refugee families victimized by the recent telephone scam targeting Bhutanese refugees have come in from Texas, Washington State, Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska.

We have been advised that victims of this scam should file an online report at; once enough incidents occur as tracked through that site, the FBI will pursue the case.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).

ORR will continue to update this page as necessary.  Please help to spread the word throughout the refugee community and service providers network.  Thank you.

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Community news, Press Release


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