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Feb 12th


Minnesota celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr


The Governor’s Commission on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statewide Holiday Celebration will mark the 26th anniversary of the state’s adoption of the federal Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.  A bill to adopt the federal holiday in Minnesota was introduced to the Minnesota Legislature by Rep. Randolph Staten.  The measure was signed into law in January 1986. 
This year’s theme is “Looking Back… Moving Forward:  I Am My Brother’s Keeper!”


Commissioner Mike Rothman makes appointments to FAIR Plan Board of Directors and Workers’ Compensation Insurers Association (MWCIA)

Mike McHugh, Thom Peterson and Kevin Greggerson to advise state on insurance issues

Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman today announced two new appointments to the Minnesota FAIR Plan Board of Directors. FAIR Plan is Minnesota’s statutorily created limited property insurer for those properties not able to obtain coverage from the private market.
Commissioner Rothman also appointed a new member to the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Insurance Association (MWCIA). The MWCIA is a data service organization for workers compensation data collection, analysis, and products.


Lloyd Ferguson, a pioneering African American professor/chemist from Cal State L.A., has died

Lloyd Ferguson, a pioneering African American professor/chemist from Cal State L.A., has died

Dr. Lloyd Noel Ferguson, Sr., a world-renowned chemistry professor, celebrated author and a pioneer in helping eliminate racial barriers for African Americans in the field of chemistry, died on November 30, 2011.

Lloyd, who is survived by his wife Charlotte, three children, Lloyd Jr, Stephen, Lisa, and seven grandchildren, was born February 9, 1918, in Oakland, California.  His parents were Noel and Gwendolyn Ferguson, a businessman and maid.  In spite of the hard times his family experienced during the Great Depression, Lloyd, at the age of 12, was able to buy a chemistry set and carry out experiments in a backyard shed that he built. 


Supporting South Sudan’s vision for the future

The United States hosted the International Engagement Conference for South Sudan to welcome the new country to the international community and provide a forum for the Republic of South Sudan (RoSS) to highlight its development priorities and opportunities for engagement with public and private sector partners.  From the involvement of ten co-sponsors to the participation of over 25 countries, this conference demonstrated the continued commitment of the United States and international community to South Sudan.


More Minnesotans to receive energy assistance with additional LIHEAP funding

The state will receive an additional $14.1 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP) announced Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman.

“This is welcome news Minnesota families as we head into the Holiday weekend,” said Commissioner Rothman. These funds came through at a crucial time for thousands of seniors, disabled Minnesotans, and low-income families with children who are struggling to pay their heating bills this winter.”


Nigeria’s federal republic of insecurity

Nigeria’s federal republic of insecurity


USAfrica, December 20, 2011: As the year 2011 draws down and we embrace the promise of 2012, a recurring concern for Nigerians and the international communities remains: are we safe going about our every day lives or investing to do business in most parts of Nigeria?

First, is your quiet, unspoken prayer as you head to your village or run a small business in Maiduguri, Kano, Aba, Damataru, Yobe, Kaduna, Yenagoa, Bayelsa, Port Harcourt, Onitsha, Uyo, Jos one of the following: may the evil eyes and bazooka of kidnappers not see me; and, may the lethal bombs of the violent agitators of Boko Haram, MEND and others set their gps in the same zone I may go… Amen!


February precinct caucuses start 2012 campaign


February 7, 2012 is when thousands of Minnesotans will gather together to become actively involved with their local political unit and participate at the most grassroots level of democracy. Things start off at 7PM.

When you attend your local caucus you have to opportunity to speak with city, county, and congressional district candidates, participate in a preferential straw ballot, and compose resolutions that have the potential to be forwarded to their local unit conventions and the state convention. This is where government begins!


McCollum: Credit Obama for Iraq War’s end

Washington, DC –Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement, regarding the official end to American military operations in Iraq.

“President Obama deserves tremendous credit for ending America’s war in Iraq, honoring his commitment to bring all U.S. troops home. As commander-in-chief he has always set the appropriate course of action in Iraq while always honoring the service and sacrifice of our troops and our military families.


$45 million in Race to the Top funding on its way to Minnesota


MinnCAN: The Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now released the following statement in response to the announcement that Minnesota was one of nine states to win the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge:

“This victory validates everything Minnesota did this year to make sure all of our children start their education off right,” said Vallay Varro, executive director of MinnCAN. “In 2011, the business community and broader civic community were instrumental in helping Minnesota enact these key early childhood reforms, including $4 million in scholarships for low-income families tied to a preschool rating system. We are ecstatic for our next-generation learners who will benefit from an excellent educational foundation.”


Ellison statement on Omnibus Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON--Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, released the following statement after voting against the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which funds the federal government through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2012:

“This bill continues down the Republican Congress’s wrongheaded path for our country. By enshrining the Budget Control Act of this summer, the latest appropriations package maintains handouts to special interests at the expense of the middle class.


A War For Your Soul-Birmingham version

Reggie’s short film "A War For Your Soul" is a stirring, inspirational video for today’s generation. Over 10 million internet viewers have watched “A War For Your Soul” in 2 years. The video has garnered praise from mayors, city leaders, youth and civic organizations and almost every major country around the world, sparking dialogue in encouraging adults to play a more active role in educating children.

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