Stearns County is in the process of updating their Transportation Plan. Transportation Plans are used to help identify long-term transportation needs and their relationship to other planning activities, while respecting community values and assets. The purpose of this study is to update the 2008 Plan, which was developed as a section of the Stearns County Comprehensive Plan. As part of this effort, Stearns County is seeking your input. Please join us from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 20,
at Albany City Hall (400 Railroad Ave., Albany, MN 56307) to review the plan’s draft goals and objectives, as well as other components of the plan. Project staff will be on hand to listen to your ideas and answer questions. For more information, please visit the project website at www.co.
The Legislature’s metro-centric approach continues to short-change Greater Minnesota.
The new majority took control last year and we ended up with a House Speaker from Minneapolis and a Majority Leader from St. Paul. The roster of committee chairs that followed also displayed a heavy tilt toward the metro.
The trend continued when they changed the former committee structure by combining agriculture finance with the environment committee, which is chaired by a Minneapolis legislator. They went on to pass significant new taxes that damaged farmers – especially on equipment repairs. The House voted to repeal those business to business taxes this week; now it is up to the Senate and the Governor to enact.
Randy Schreifels, Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer, is pleased to announce that Driver’s Licenses and Minnesota ID Cards can now be renewed at the Stearns County Service Center. Driver’s License renewals, lost cards, changes of name, class and address can all be processed at License Center West.
Driver’s license renewals and Minnesota ID Card renewal services will continue to be processed at the downtown Stearns County License Center as well.
“This is a service we’ve wanted to provide at the Service Center for quite some time,” said Schreifels. “It will be a real benefit and convenience for residents who would like another option other than going downtown to renew a driver’s license.”
Two key deadlines approaching, affecting when coverage will begin
As open enrollment reaches its final weeks, MNsure is reminding Minnesotans about two important deadlines that impact when coverage will begin.
• Saturday, March 15, 2014 – Plan selection and payment for the first month’s premium is due on or before this date for coverage starting April 1, 2014.
• Monday, March 31, 2014 – Plan selection and payment for the first month’s premium is due on or before this date for coverage starting May 1, 2014. This is also the last day of open enrollment and the last day to enroll in health insurance inside or outside of MNsure without facing a tax penalty.
MNsure wants you to believe that buying health insurance is like booking a trip at Expedia. But if you’re like tens of thousands of others who’ve tried to pick the right health insurance, you know it’s much more complicated than MNsure says it is.
You have a right to use an adviser to guide you to the right decision. These advisers cost you nothing, but may save you hundreds of dollars. They may even save your life. They are called insurance agents.
Most people don’t realize that the premium you pay for insurance is the same, whether or not you have the help of an agent. It’s built into the premium. If you buy directly from the insurance carrier, or through MNsure, they keep that money.
So you don’t have to be confused and you don’t have to spend extra money - just look for an insurance agent in your area who can help you.