April is National Donate Life Month, honoring eye, tissue and organ donors, and the life-saving and life-changing gifts they have given. Each year in the United States, more than 82,000 people experience restored sight through cornea transplants, more than 30,000 life-saving organ transplants are performed, and more than 1.5 million people receive life-changing tissue transplants. One person, donating everything possible, could help save or change the lives of more than 75 people.
Making health insurance more affordable and ensuring access to care are key elements of Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed MinnesotaCare buy-in. Unfortunately, Rep. Barb Haley misinterpreted those and other components in her April 15 column. After initial start-up costs, premiums would cover the costs of care enrollees receive. Those premiums — an average of $659 per person per month — would be an estimated 28 percent lower than the expected cost of commercial health plans. A reserve would be created using funds already appropriated to support the insurance market.
Tired of hearing all the bad news about climate change? Frustrated by your own carbon footprint blackening the future? Trying to tread more lightly but still needing to get someplace you need to go? Well, the Red Wing Sustainability Commission has some good news for you. On Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, there will be an electric vehicle car show in downtown Red Wing.
Catholics around the world "pray for vocations" meaning praying that more people will be called by the Holy Spirit to be priests. The good news is that the Spirit is hearing and answering those prayers. Hundreds of women in Europe and the United States have answered the call of the Holy Spirit and have been ordained as Catholic priests. But because of their sex, the hierarchy of the Catholic Church refuses to recognize them as legitimate priests.
Hollywood understands how powerful movies are. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival grabs hold of some of that power in order to take us places, show us things, and connect us with what is happening in the natural world.
More than a decade ago I became a retired senior citizen. I was grateful for my private pension, a little bit of savings and Social Security. Today my savings are gone. My pension and Social Security haven't kept up with inflation. Yet I survive. You can always find a way to survive. Eat less and not out, don't vacation and drive only once a week. Playing solitaire with big number cards helps pass the time.
Barn Bluff/He Mni Can is one of the best-known natural features along the Mississippi River. It rises up about 350 feet and offers an enjoyable and easily accessible hike and excellent views of the Red Wing and the Mississippi River valley. Join the Friends of the Bluffs organization as we try to set a record for the number of people to hike the bluff in one day. This is a perfect family activity to celebrate Earth Day.
The executive order that President Donald Trump signed aligns with the administrations' "Principles of Economic Mobility." It would create an accountability system for local, state and federal governments. It would also empower the private sector and local communities to create and administer local solutions to poverty. This is exactly what agencies like Semcac already provide. Our network conducts local community needs assessments and from these findings we actively respond.
Nearly 700,000 immigrants who were brought here as children are now at risk of deportation. Since President Donald Trump gave Congress six months from September to pass a law restoring their protection from deportation, and Congress and the president failed to do so, they may no longer apply for extensions of their eligibility.
As Earth Day approaches, it is a good time to reflect on how far we've come and how far we need to go. Renewable energy is part of a growing Minnesota economic powerhouse that provides local jobs. Many corporations are making purely economic decisions to move to renewable sources. Randall Hogan, retiring CEO of Pentair, spoke with Minnesota Public Radio in January about the decisions Pentair has made in this area.