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Sen. Sparks: Mayo decision to reduce options in Albert Lea is incredibly disappointing

It is incredibly disappointing when the legislature unites to invest $424 million in the Destination Medical Center in Rochester and then Mayo reduces services in other parts of their service area. I voted for the DMC funding and was very frustrated when the consolidation was announced. I did not expect expansion in Rochester and service reduction in Albert Lea. The DMC was advertised as good for the entire region – the decision to reduce services in Albert Lea appears like Mayo is going back on its word.

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Tractor rollover protection program begins in Minnesota

Minnesota farmers now have an easier way to get tractor safety equipment thanks to a new program that will improve farm safety. The ROPS Rebate Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), reimburses farmers and schools at least 70 percent of the cost of purchasing, shipping, and installing a rollover protection kit—a roll bar and seatbelt—limiting applicants’ cost per tractor to no more than $500. It also provides help to farmers with identifying and pricing the appropriate rollover kits for their tractors.