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    Tax-exempt Mayo Clinic grows, but rural patients pay a price

    Tax-exempt Mayo Clinic grows, but rural patients pay a priceThe famed medical center builds a grand main campus while consolidating services elsewhere.By DAN DIAMOND 11/16/2017 05:04 AM ESTROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic, which sprawls across this Midwestern city, is the nation's top-ranked hospital, according to U.S. News & World Report.   Read More...

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    Gubernatorial candidate gets lesson on buffers at Northfield farm

    As the 2018 candidates for Minnesota governor line up, members of the state’s agricultural community are looking to get in their ears early. Bruce Peterson, who owns and operates Far-Gaze Farms east of Northfield with his brothers Chris and Brian, welcomed Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Rep. Paul Thissen to the family’s land Wednesday. On a cold, snowy/rainy day, Peterson provided a mini tour of the several-thousand-acre operation, pointing out cover crops and...  Read More...

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    Albert Lea 'Save Our Hospital' effort raises over $100K

    The Albert Lea-Save Our Hospital organization has raised more than $101,000 in tax-deductible donations since July, a number the organization said will help in its mission to keep a full-service, acute-care hospital in Albert Lea.“The fundraising committee has done a tremendous job, and we’ve all worked hard to demonstrate the integrity of our...  Read More...

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    DFL governor hopefuls make their cases in Sauk Rapids

    DFL governor hopefuls make their cases in Sauk RapidsTIMES STAFF REPORT Published 12:19 p.m. CT Oct. 23, 2017SAUK RAPIDS — A U.S.   Read More...

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    DFL gubernatorial candidates talk health care

    DFL gubernatorial candidates talk health careHeather J. Carlson, hcarlson@postbulletin.com Oct 17, 2017 Minnesota State Representative Paul Thissen answers a question pertaining to rural health care during the DFL Gubernatorial Debate Tuesday night at the Heintz Center in Rochester. Other DFL candidates are, from left, State Auditor Rebecca Otto, U.S.   Read More...

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    Rep. Paul Thissen celebrates MN #StartupWeek by promoting IDEA Act

    Rep. Paul Thissen has introduced the IDEA Act. The Innovation, Discovery and Entrepreneurship Act creates a robust public-private partnership to generate meaningful high-paying jobs and put exciting, new ideas into the marketplace.  Read More...

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    DFLers vie for union votes

    DFLers vie for union votesBy Peter Passi on Oct 6, 2017 at 7:40 p.m.DULUTH — Six DFL gubernatorial hopefuls took the stage Friday afternoon, Oct. 6, in front of a sea of people wearing union-themed green T-shirts at the annual convention of the American Federation of County, State and Municipal Employees Council 5, hosted this year by the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.Through moderator Barbara Reyelts, the audience peppered the candidates for Minnesota governor with questions ...  Read More...

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    Supreme Court should protect Labor Unions

    Public employees are the people who make our communities work and the case of Janus v. AFSCME threatens public employee labor unions. The Supreme Court made the correct decision 40 years ago with its decision that labor unions were critically important to a democratic society. It should respect that long-standing precedent and continue to protect the rights of working people.  Read More...

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    ‘We are not done’

    Prior to the march, former House Minority Leader and candidate for governor Paul Thissen called on the hospital system to pause the planned transition to give the community a chance to stop the elimination of services in Albert Lea. He said the hospital needs to be open and transparent. Over the past five years, Mayo Clinic has made profits that range between $400 million and $800 million per year, said Thissen, who discussed the responsibility he said the hospital has to taxpayers based on the state investment in the Destination Medical Center project. He said he is open to re-writing language regarding the DMC, as well as making it easier for communities to bring in a health care provider. Thissen predicted if the hospital system transitions most inpatient services, similar situations could unfold in other communities.  Read More...

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    More than 300 protest Albert Lea hospital consolidation

    Rep. Paul Thissen, former House minority leader and a candidate for governor, implored Mayo to delay its planned transition and to allow Albert Lea to stop the elimination of services in town. He also pointedly said the hospital has a responsibility to taxpayers because of Minnesota's investment in Destination Medical Center, which helps fund infrastructure in Rochester. Thissen also became the first state lawmaker to suggest DMC legislation could be rewritten because of the Albert Lea debate.  Read More...