Minnesota Hires Colorado-based Company to Replace Troubled MNLARS System

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Via MPR News

Image result for Minnesota Licensing and Registration System, also known as MNLARS.“Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday that the state has hired a Colorado-based technology company to replace the troubled Minnesota Licensing and Registration System, also known as MNLARS.

The state contract with Fast Enterprises will provide the new system, which will be known as Vehicle Title and Registration System or VTRS. The company will use off-the-shelf software rather than build the new system from scratch. Fast Enterprises was the only company to respond to Minnesota’s Request for Proposals in June.”

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26 Letters Acquires Hack The Gap

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“We are excited to announce that 26 Letters has acquired Hack the Gap! We couldn’t be happier about 26 Letters being our new home. One of our main goals in creating Hack the Gap was designing a space for women and non-binary folks to step out of the mainstream tech culture and hack together. We imagined this space to be free of the micro aggressions that women, non-binary, transgender folks, and BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) face in tech everyday. A place to step out and connect with others and realize, “wow, I’m not alone.” An oasis. A reset. A community of people with similar experiences in tech to connect with each other.”

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Rochester Teens Develop App To Help Immigrants

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Via Rochester Post Bulletin

“Alexandra Bancos and Anjali Donthi are both daughters of immigrants who had trouble finding services or simply shopping when they first arrived in the U.S. Bancos and Donthi are also programmers who were looking for a project to submit to the annual Minnesota Cup business startup competition held by the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.”

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Red Wing Tech Entrepreneur Susan Langer On The Push For Capital & Customers

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Via Star Tribune

“The beta test is done, the app is out and now it’s time to scale. Susan Langer’s Red Wing-based startup Live Give Save has reached that turning-point moment when a startup begins the push for customers. She’s eager for consumers to try the company’s app, called Spave (a melding of spend and save), that lets them direct money into savings accounts and to charities based on a percentage of other spending.”

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UMN Program Tackles Election Cybersecurity

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Via St. Paul Pioneer Press

“At a time when U.S. voting systems have been under assault, an online program at the University of Minnesota is teaching students how to run secure elections and fend off cyber attackers. The 12-credit Certificate in Election Administration program is offered by the university’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Now in its third full year, the program has expanded its course offerings to include cybersecurity education. Administrators have formed a national steering committee comprising leaders in the field.”

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Electronics Recycler Tech Dump Doubles Footprint With New 90k Sq. Ft. Building In St. Paul

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Tech Dump, a Twin Cities based electronics recycler and social enterprise that has been steadily in growth mode since its inception in 2011, has signed a purchase agreement for a 90,000 square foot building at 860 Vandalia Street in St. Paul. This more than doubles their existing square footage and capacity to recycle and refurbish old tech items while providing jobs training.”

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[UPDATED] Should Minnesota Techies Be Treated Differently Based On Their Appearance?

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[UPDATED] 9/25/18 10:30am CST:

It was with best intentions that we hosted events like Startup School Femtech to foster the formation and prosperity of female-led technology companies in Minnesota.

Or published original research reports like The Ultimate Guide To Women In Technology to help women interested in Minnesota tech find communities of the like-minded to further their professional goals.

…and created a dedicated “Women” column that was specifically for the recognition + promotion women within the Minnesota tech community.

However, it’s come to our attention that this is a classic example of treating some Minnesota techies different from one another based on their physical appearance.  As such, we have ceased these initiatives because it’s not what most of our audience actually wants and is equally inconsistent with our editorial ethos:

Minnesota techies are not treated differently from one another based on their physical appearance.

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