Increase in food benefits to help hungry Minnesotans

Monthly 15% bump available January through June All Minnesotans on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other food assistance programs who are currently receiving the maximum amount will soon see a 15% increase in their monthly food benefits. They do not need to do anything additional to receive this increase. 

Stearns County Business and Non-Profit Relief Grant Program

The Stearns County Board of Commissioners approved the Stearns County Business and Non-Profit Relief Grant Program. Businesses and non-profits in Stearns County continue to see the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the State and County want to help. Stearns County will receive approximately $3 million to grant to businesses and non-profits. 

Stearns County gives first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination clinics are under way in Stearns County after Stearns County received its first shipment of Moderna vaccine to support vaccination efforts in phase 1a. The Minnesota Department of Health provided guidance regarding the distribution of vaccine to hospitals, long-term care facilities, and local public health. 

DNR seeks input on increasing access to wildlife areas for people with disabilities

Ideas will help shape proposals for improved opportunities across the state Anyone interested in improving access to wildlife management areas (WMAs) for people with disabilities can share their ideas online with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We want to hear how we can improve recreational opportunities and reduce barriers on WMAs,” said David Trauba,…

DEED Update: New Federal Stimulus Legislation

On Tuesday, Dec. 29, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) shared an important update on new federal stimulus legislation. This new legislation, recently passed by Congress, may impact the unemployment benefits for Minnesotans. Effective Dec. 27, 2020, the legislation will provide: 

Public input opportunity: solid waste community survey

Stearns County is updating its Solid Waste Management Plan, which is a policy-based roadmap for the solid waste system that supports healthy people, a healthy economy, and a healthy environment. As part of the plan update process, the County wants to hear from its citizens. A solid waste survey was prepared for the community to…

Rep. Dean Urdahl receives CGMC Legislator of Distinction Award

State Rep. Dean Urdahl has been chosen as a recipient of the Legislator of Distinction Award from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) for his positive impact on economic development in Greater Minnesota. Rep. Urdahl, a Republican from Grove City, is currently serving his tenth term in the Minnesota House. The Legislator of Distinction…

Is Social Security income taxable?

Dear Savvy Senior, I understand that a portion of my Social Security benefits may be taxable when I retire. Can you tell me how to calculate this? Ready to Retire Dear Ready, Whether or not you’ll be required to pay federal income tax on your Social Security benefits will depend on your income and filing…

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