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University of Minnesota: U of M’s Open Textbook Network reports students savings of $1.5 million from open textbooks

Faculty from nine colleges and universities across the United States have saved their students an estimated $1.5 million in textbook costs to date by adopting open textbooks, the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Network (OTN) reported this week.

Brainerd Dispatch: Franken introduces worker protection proposal

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., helped introduce new legislation Wednesday intended to strengthen protections for workers who want to raise wages and improve workplace conditions.

The Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act, originally sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would amend the National Labor Relations Act with the intent of helping to ensure workers have a voice in the workplace, and would crack down on employers who break the law when workers exercise their basic right to collective action.

DL-Online – Sen. Franken launches project to record MN veterans’ memories

On Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced a new initiative to recruit Minnesota war veterans to take part in the national “Veterans History Project” to collect and preserve their personal accounts so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Star Tribune – Al Franken, Tammy Baldwin: Avoiding an oil train explosion shouldn’t be a matter of luck

As U.S. senators — one from Minnesota and one from Wisconsin — we have always understood how important railroads are to the economy in each of our states. Our businesses and farmers rely upon rail service as a reliable way to move their products to markets across the country and around the world.

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