Tricounty News

Stearns County Service Center now processes driver’s license renewals

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.”

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MNsure reminds Minnesotans

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.

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Get help to find the right health plan

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.

Howe returns to capitol for 2014 session

ST. PAUL – State Rep. Jeff Howe, R-Rockville, and other members of the 88th Legislature returned to the Capitol Tuesday, Feb. 25, to commence the 2014 legislative session.

Howe is in the second year of his first term. His House committee assignments remain: civil law; early childhood and youth development policy; state government finance and veterans affairs; and transportation finance.

“It will be interesting to see which path we take between now and when we are scheduled to adjourn in late May,” Howe said. “This has been portrayed as an ‘Unsession,’ where we eliminate wasteful, ineffective, outdated or burdensome government. On the other hand, we are coming off a 2013 session where we saw historic spending increases and around $2.5 billion more in taxes and fees to pay for government growth.”

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Joe Perske endorsed by former Senator

Jim Pehler, former Minnesota Senator, has endorsed Joe Perske, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives District 6, the seat being vacated by Michele Bachmann.

In endorsing Perske, who is currently mayor of Sartell, Pehler commented, “I am endorsing Joe because he has been an elected official of a mid-sized city. He has close ties in the Central Minnesota area which has given him an understanding of the needs of average working men and women. Joe has a very common-sense approach to solving problems and he knows how to work well with many different groups of people.”

Pehler of St. Cloud served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1973 to 1981 and in the Minnesota Senate from 1981 to 1991.