Finding New Heroes

The other day my friend Arnie Arneson, radio host for “Political Chowder” sent me an article from the New Hampshire Portland Press Herald explaining reactions to Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget $6.1 billion spending package in which he proposes to raid teacher benefits and pensions to pay for a huge tax cut for wealthy Mainers. […]

Afternoon in Rushford

Last Saturday I took a trek down to Rushford Minnesota to join other DFLers in a discussion of Gov. Dayton’s proposal to ‘tax the rich.’ Former State Rep. (31B) Ken Tschumper had organized the event and invited several other local folks to join him. Here is the agenda: Everything about Budget Projections Ken Tschumper; former […]

Child Care Works and the Early Childhood Caucus Invite you

To attend a Community Conversation on the MN Quality Rating and  Improvement System Thursday, January 21, 2010 6:30—8:00 pm Northfield Community Resource Center 1651 Jefferson Pkwy, Northfield **Free Pizza and Refreshments begin at 6:15pm** Quality in early childhood care and education is  important and achievable. The Minnesota Legislature has made it a priority to create […]

Recognition for Supporting Minnesotans with Disabilities

I was honored to be presented with an award this week at the Epic Enterprise banquet for my support for Minnesotans with disabilities and the workers who take care of them. I received a plaque for “dedicated service and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities.” The group specifically recognized one of my speeches on the […]


Please take the time to visit the new Early Childhood Advisory Council forum to comment on strategies suggested by ECAC committees that will support children in their readiness to enter kindergarten. The Council is interested in hearing ideas and strategies that have worked in various communities throughout Minnesota.  The public comments and suggestions will be taken […]

Cultural Heritage Tourism Workshops

  Regional workshops are available on how to develop partnerships around cultural heritage tourism. Get some good ideas and network with others in your community and region.  These workshops are geared towards staff and volunteers from community arts organizations, art studios/galleries, history museums, heritage festivals, lodging businesses, visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce and other tourism marketing organizations. […]

President talks to students

On Tuesday, September 8, President Barack Obama will address school children across the country on the importance of education. It will be broadcast live 1:00 p.m. eastern standard time on the White House website. All are invited to watch. Classrooms are encouraged to tune in and to select from a series of activities that the […]

On Rebuilding Equalizing Institutions

I’ve been reading Robert Kuttner’s “The Squandering of America” he makes a great case for why we need to transform our country to restore the middle class and our democracy. He makes it clear how the misguided policies of the last decade have cost us dearly as a nation and a people. He offers hope […]
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