St. Louis County Schools could receive $1.5 million a year for 20 years
Minnesota State Rep. Jason Metsa has dug up, apparently, $11.1
million for St. Louis County Schools, Mesabi East, Virginia, Mt.
Iron-Buhl, and Eveleth-Gilbert schools annually for 20 years if
his bill is passed. The money comes from the taconite tax and
the General Fund.
Virginia/MI-B/Eveleth-Gilbert are the big recipients of the money, projected to receive $9 million a year. This would help pay for a proposed new school for the three districts.
ISD 2142, St. Louis County, would receive $1.5 million annually to help pay for their $78.8 million bond referendum that was passed to pay for two new schools and the remodeling of three others.
Mesabi East would receive $600,000 and help pay for the remodeling of their school in Aurora that was completed several years ago.
The three school districts, Virginia, MI-B and E-G, could not receive any money until the plan for a common high school was approved by the voters. School officials said they would not go ahead with the plan without a referendum vote of the residents.
The money would come from a 5.5 percent increase in the tax on mineral royalties, use of production tax escalator tax increases, money from other IRRRB funds, and $4.5 million annually in state General Fund money that is allocated for school consolidations or co-locations.
The plan gives most of the money to the Virginia, MI-B and E-G school districts so they could build a high school for all without taxpayers having to pay. That project seems to be the kicker to make this bill pass.
Cook-Orr Healthcare District Governance Committee sets goals
The Cook-Orr Healthcare District Governance Committee, under
Mike Enzmann, reported to the board at their regular meeting last
Tuesday in the hospital conference room that they have set seven
goals. The goals are: A. Develop regular schedule for bylaws review,
B. Encourage current board members to be attuned to potential
board members for the future, C. Develop a two-stage orientation
process for newly-elected or appointed board members, D. Encourage
Trustee Certification for all board members and encourage attendance
at educational opportunities, E. Perform an annual comprehensive
board self-evaluation, F. Review compliance plan annually each
fall, and G. Plan a strategic planning session for the board in
the fall using an outside facilitator.
The board also was happy to hear that the hospital started the 2014 financial year out in a positive manner, exceeding the budget as far as profit and loss. The hospital had a loss of $72,268 before non-operating and levy figures were added in that gave it a profit of $24,222. The budget had a loss of $52,148 after non-operating money and levy money were added in. The budget before non-operating monies were added in was for a loss of $149,553. Actual patient days were 992 compared to budgeted days of 876.
The need for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) was brought up for discussion. To help recruit new EMTs the hospital will help with tuition for First Responders currently taking classes that are within the hospital district. There is a big need for EMTs.
Margaret Rinne, the new Compliance Officer, gave the Compliance report, and Marge Hyppa reported on Quality Assurance activities.
Assistant Administrator Teresa Debevec gave a power point presentation on the current Nursing Home Structure for Educational Purposes as the Nursing Home Feasibility Committee begins their research on it.
Director of Nurses for the Nursing Home, Shelly Johnson, reported on an update on the Performance Improvement Project known as PIPP. Her report discussed the hiring of a coordinator and having meetings every two weeks for progress reporting and planning.
A report on the Minnesota Legislature that has just come to order has a request for a 5 percent rate increase for care centers, plus an additional rate increase to address impacts from an increased minimum wage.
Comment period for copper-nickel mine Supplemental Draft EIS closes March 13
The 90-day public comment period for the NorthMet Mining Project
and Land Exchange Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement
(SDEIS) will end March 13, according to the Minnesota Department
of Natural Resources. So far, the agency has received more than
While the co-lead agencies the DNR, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service received and carefully considered requests to extend the comment period, the deadline will not be extended. The requests received did not include any substantive arguments or rationales that were not already fully considered in the design of the original public comment period.
The co-lead agencies appreciate the high level of public interest in the SDEIS and have made efforts to ensure the public has had ample opportunity to review and comment on the document. Those measures include a comment period that is twice as long as required, three public meetings and supplemental materials such as videos and fact sheets.
The SDEIS provides an analysis of the environmental effects of PolyMet Mining Inc.'s proposed NorthMet project. The copper-nickel mine would be located in northeastern Minnesota, near Hoyt Lakes and Babbitt.
Public input on the SDEIS is a critical component to informing governmental decision makers about potential environmental consequences of the proposed mining project and associated land exchange. The co-lead agencies encourage the public to continue to provide comments until the deadline on March 13.
Email comments can be submitted to NorthMetSDEIS.email@example.com. Email submissions should include a full name and legal mailing address.
Written comments may also be submitted to: Lisa Fay, EIS project manager, DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division, Environmental Review Unit, 500 Lafayette Road, Box 25, St. Paul, MN 55155-4025.
After the comment period ends, the co-lead agencies will carefully consider all comments received and determine if additions or revisions are needed for the Final EIS. More information about submitting comments and the project can be found at the DNR's website at www.mndnr.gov/polymet.
SLC Board approves new septic rules
Mark Ludlow named state's 'Outstanding Individual in Tourism'
11th Annual Cook Community Concert scheduled
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