Legislative Update – October 29, 2015

Dear Neighbors, I hope the fall has been treating you well. For those of you with children, I hope the kids are back into full swing at school and you’re ready for parent teacher conferences. Education Policy Next Week Next week I’ll be attending a joint meeting of the House and Senate education committees to […]

Fall Agriculture Update

I hope you’ve had a good summer and are starting to enjoy the fall colors. I spent much of this summer visiting with people in our community and hearing what issues matter the most to them. Also in order to do a more informed job at the legislature, I’ve been touring Minnesota looking at various farming and industrial sites to discuss issues surrounding land and water use. Minnesota has been a pioneer in farming techniques and agricultural stewardship. As large-scale industrial farming has replaced family farms, we’ve seen many changes on the rural landscape over the years. Those changes include both economic and environmental impacts that some argue have made farming while preserving soil and water quality more challenging. Many of the places I’ve visited in rural Minnesota shared these concerns and highlighted efforts being made to mitigate these negative impacts.

Building a Future Where More People Get Ahead

I get frequent calls from my friend David who reminds me that people who work at the nursing home he lives in are underpaid and struggle to make ends meet. I hear from MNDOT contractors who’ve conducted layoffs that decrease their ability to take on the many repairs that our state desperately needs. College students […]

Supporting farmers in Minnesota is a bipartisan issue.

  Supporting farmers in Minnesota is a bipartisan issue. We often hear how we should support all kinds of agriculture and I agree. Whether Republicans or Democrats controlled agriculture committees, we’ve been united in our goal to make sure farmers in Minnesota thrive. However, just like you can’’ t fit everything you might want to […]
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Why are we hearing so much about Solar Energy in Northfield

Recently, MPR reported “Community solar gardens go rural” (click on title to read the story) and earlier this  year you may have noticed a gathering of solar energy enthusiast at Carleton College: “Minnesotans came together at Carleton College’s Weitz Center in Northfield on Thursday, August 21st to learn about community solar gardens and three projects around […]

An economy that works for everyone

By State Representative David Bly Guest Column Minnesota is moving in the direction of an economy that works for everyone. Middle class families have a better opportunity to live the American Dream than they did two years ago. There’s a lot more work to be done. Thanks to new policies enacted by the legislature, we’re […]
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Northfield News article about the 2014 Campaign

I met with Northfield News reporter Kevin Krein last week to discuss the 2014 campaign. In the article, he stresses my interests in the middle class and income inequality (see my Northfield News article as well), the need for affordable health care, the importance of offering Minnesotans a quality education, and the need to take […]

Minnesota Will Monitor Recent Travelers from West Africa

According to a news release by the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota will begin a monitoring program for people who have recently traveled in West Africa.  The framework for the program involves identifying travelers based on their possible exposure to the Ebola virus and monitoring as follows: All identified travelers will receive active case management […]
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Refreshments at a Refreshing Setting: Join us at the Thorsteinson’s on Sept. 11

Join Representative Patti Fritz and host Mike Thorsteinson for a Fundraiser for my campaign on Thursday, September 11, 2014, 4pm to 7 pm at 20110 Geneva Court, Faribault, MN on Cedar Lake. Light refreshments will be served.  Please come an bring a friend! To rsvp or get directions should you get lost call Mike’s cell […]
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