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Thousands of Golfers Petition Walz for a Mulligan on Course Closures

Golfers cooped up all winter in Minnesota have a tough enough time waiting for the snow to melt before teeing it up in the already short season here. But the thought of waiting for the Covid-19 pandemic to subside before unpacking their clubs has thousands of golfers putting pressure on Gov. Tim Walz to give them a mulligan. [caption id="attachment_18881" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The future of golf?[/caption] Nearly 39,000 Minnesotans have already electronically "signed" an online petition that makes the case that Walz should reconsider the closure of golf courses for the good of the state's "mental and physical well-being." Golfers would be...

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Costco Backs Out of Proposed Duluth Store Due to Cost and City Issues

The news that Costco was pulling out of a long-planned store in Duluth was disappointing enough in the midst of the economic fallout from Covid-19. But word that the sought-after retail giant backed out of moving ahead with construction due to apparent difficulties in dealing with city hall makes it that much harder for residents to stomach. Costco's site selector told the Star Tribune the deal went south “due primarily to extraordinarily high project bids which far exceeded others we’ve seen recently throughout the Midwest region.” The city evidently played a key role in crafting the so-called "project labor agreement" that sets...

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Manufacturing scholarships available to students of all ages

The coronavirus has upended the school year, and our college-bound youth have been left wondering what their future will look like come September. From graduation to financial aid and decision deadlines, where to look for next steps can be overwhelming. For students with an interest in manufacturing, the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association’s Education Foundation is offering scholarships of $2,000 to help students get the training they need at colleges, universities, and trade schools in Minnesota....

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This Week’s Master Class: What can state governments do to influence the economy?

Stuck at home? Learn over your lunch hour with American Experiment economist John Phelan, as he explains what state government can — and can't — do to shape the economy. Sign up HERE! Wednesday, April 1st at 12:00 PM Stick around after the course, where John will answer your questions in a live audience Q&A. Submit your questions in advance here. Upcoming Master Classes: April 8: Catrin Wigfall on How good are Minnesota’s public schools, really? Sign up here. April 15: Isaac Orr on Everything wrong with the Green New Deal. Sign up here. April 22: Martha Njolomole on How regulation affects your everyday life. Sign up here....

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In The Tank (Ep236) – Coronavirus: Free to Choose Medicine and Deregulation

While fearless leader Isaac Orr was back in Wisconsin helping his parents stock up on farm supplies to ensure America's agriculture industry can continue to function as normal as possible, Heartland's Donald Kendal, Jim Lakely, Andy Singer, and Christina Herrin, Director of the Free to Choose Medicine talk about how deregulation and FDA reform may do more to combat Coronavirus than other government actions. https://soundcloud.com/user-694711047/in-the-tank-ep236-coronavirus-free-to-choose-medicine-and-deregulation?in=user-694711047/sets/in-the-tank-podcast...

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Minnesota restaurants seeking to do to-go sales of alcohol amid shutdown

Restaurants have been among the hardest hit businesses due to lockdowns which many states have put in place. Some states have however  taken steps to create more favorable conditions for restaurants to operate. The states of california, Illinois, New Hampshire, Maryland, Texas as well as the cities of washington D.C and Atlanta have allowed to-go alcohol sales.  The state of New York announced it would allow restaurants to deliver alcohol, but only with food. Similarly in Washington, customers must have food along with their order, and alcohol also be picked up curbside. Restaurants in Minnesota are however missing this option. Alcoholic...

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