Legislative Report

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Legislators are back from spring break and bills are quickly moving along in committee.  This week, I set out a letter urging the Democrats to take action on the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fun legislation. This has been going on for months and sadly, the deadline is days away. I am hopeful we...
Friends,    Congratulations To Upsala’s Kristine Biniek for scoring her 1000th point during her final game as a high schooler—impressive record! This week we finally got to open the doors of the State Office Building to the public once again. I have loved seeing the smiling faces, and the office is...
Dear Neighbors,    One of the requests I hear often from constituents is to exempt forgiven paycheck protection program loans from taxes. We are the only upper midwest state that has not passed a bill to exempt PPP loan income from taxes, and if we don’t act soon, many of our local businesses that...
Last week we learned that in contrast to November’s projected deficit of over $1 billion, we are ow projected to have a nearly $1.6 billion surplus in the state’s budget. This is great news for our state’s economy, showing that we are beginning to grow again after the incredible hardships our...
I want to congratulate Will and Tiffany Threlkeld, owners of Falls Ballroom in Little Falls, which was named Business of the Year. This year has been incredibly hard, especially for community and event spaces like Falls Ballroom. The Threlkelds, though, faced that hardship head on and used their...
This year’s Teacher of the Year will be chosen from a field of 75 teachers, among them our own Alice Nevins of Pierz Public Schools and Ann Hutchison of the Pillager School District! Our community’s teacher have worked valiantly to make this past year a productive and educational one for our...
Session Update   Last week I offered an amendment that would end the severe restrictions on wedding venues imported by Governor Walz’s executive order earlier this month. Currently, indoor wedding venues are limited to 10 people or two households if food is served, while restaurants and bars can...
Neighbors,   This weekend my third daughter will be attending prom at Little Falls High School. This reminds me that we are nearing the end of the school year and also that we need to make sure to support all of our kids. Kids in schools, home schoolers and graduates. Thanks to all the parents who...
Dear Neighbors,   Last week we were on Easter/Passover holiday This week marks the holiest of weeks for Christians. I come into this weekend reminded that Jesus was facing imminent death by the Romans. A death philosophized and expected, but nonetheless, death.  I am grateful that we still pause...
Neighbors,   I’d like to recognize Amanda Hoheisel and Kathy Popp for developing the March Book Madness project at Royalton Elementary School. The project is a global activity where a list of 16 books “compete” in rounds until they get to the final winning book. Students at Royalton Elementary are...

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