Monthly Archives: November 2010

City of Winona appoints Flaherty & Hood city attorney

On November 15, the Winona City Council appointed attorney/shareholder Chris Hood to serve as its new city attorney following the retirement of current city attorney Richard Blahnik. Flaherty & Hood was chosen among three finalists interviewed by the City Council in October. Continue reading

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Furloughs: Are they worth it?

To cut personnel costs and avoid layoffs, many employers are considering or have implemented “furloughs” (i.e., reducing normal hours worked without paying employees for such reduction). Continue reading

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WI phosphorus regulations could affect municipal pocketbooks in MN

Phosphorus standards recently adopted in Wisconsin may result in significantly more restrictive and expensive compliance requirements for Minnesota municipalities and agricultural interests. Continue reading

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MESERB fall meeting focuses on proposed water regulations

The Minnesota Environmental Science and Economic Review Board (MESERB) held its 2010 fall meeting in Melrose. Flaherty & Hood attorneys Steve Nyhus and J.D. Burton provided staffing assistance and a legal activities report to the group. Continue reading

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TMDL? What’s a TMDL?

The federal Clean Water Act requires states to identify lakes and streams that do not meet state water quality standards (“impaired waters”) and develop Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plans to clean them up. Continue reading

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Cities hear from lawmakers, set policies at fall conference

U.S. Sen. Al Franken joined members of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) on Veterans Day as keynote speaker for the organization’s annual fall conference, which was held November 10 – 12 in Alexandria. Continue reading

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New GOP majorities make for uncertain 2011 bonding bill future

Conventional wisdom at the Capitol held that if both houses remained in Democratic hands and Mark Dayton took the governor’s office, a large bonding bill would jumpstart the 2011 legislative session and revisit projects vetoed by Governor Pawlenty in 2010. Continue reading

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Reforming committee structure a goal of new GOP legislative majorities

The change in party control of the legislature will also bring a change in its committee structure. On November 16, the House and Senate Republican majority leadership unveiled their plan to “streamline” the House and Senate committees, including reducing the number of Senate committees from 25 to 16, and the number of House committees from 36 to 24. Continue reading

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City of Red Wing to continue pursuing solution to nuclear waste issue

During the 2011 legislative session, the City of Red Wing and Flaherty & Hood will continue an initiative launched in 2010 that aims to find a legislative solution to the city’s long-term nuclear waste storage. Continue reading

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Strategic communications and media relations help shape debate

The team at Flaherty & Hood has long recognized that a successful advocacy program requires more than just boots on the ground at the Capitol. It also requires a strong public relations and media program to help inform the public and shape the discussion. Continue reading

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