Bigger than the big sky.

I first met Bill Holm in spring of 1976 when I drove 60 miles from the Molden Farm near Milan to Minneota with my friend Alan Kittelson to attend a class in Modern Scandinavian Literature. We were a little early and Bill’s cousin Daren answered the door, and a little bashful as we entered the […]

Week in Review ending March 12

AGRICULTURE AND VETERANS The Policy committee passed veterans bills giving preferences to veteran-owned small businesses. It also passed ag bills dealing with pesticide application along railroads, classification of ag research data, and changing loan program terms. COMMERCE & LABOR The committee passed a bill this week (HF 866-Hosch) to create a health insurance program for […]

Thank You

Dear Friends, I want to thank everyone who took the time to attend and participate in one of the town hall meetings I held in February in Northfield, Belle Plaine, Montgomery and New Prague. Hearing your views and ideas helps me represent our communities at the Capitol and it is rewarding to represent such active […]

Southern MN Initiative Foundation (SMIF)

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is seeking two communities that want to learn how to capitalize on the assets of new immigrants and minority populations to increase their local economies.  As part of the grant, SMIF will provide up to $15,000 for community projects along with training and coaching. SMIF’s grant uses an asset-affirming approach, […]

Snapshots – Week in Review ending March 6, 2009

The Snapshot is a weekly edition to the blog. It is intended to provide constituents with a glimpse of major pieces of legislation or legislative activity that was discussed in committee(s) during the previous week. For those of you that would like more in-depth coverage of information you can refer to the House website, or […]

The Minnesota Health Act

On Thursday March 5th I will be giving a presentation on The Minnesota Health Act.  This is a single-payer health plan for all Minnesotans that I have introduced in the Legislature.  We have one of the most expensive health care systems in the world and yet many people are just not able to receive the […]

Snapshots – Week ending Feb 27, 2009

 Commerce and Labor          A bill to crack down on “debt settlement providers” was passed this week by the Committee. This bill (HF 549 – Davnie) requires debt settlement providers to be certified by the Department of Commerce. It was referred to the Commerce Committee. (HF 359 – Norton) also passed that would require health plans in […]

Balancing the Budget

In the months ahead, our state will have to resolve one of the largest budget deficits of the last 30 years.  Our current economic climate is poor and according to forecasters will grow worse before improving.  Considerable uncertainty surrounds our ability to predict when the economy will turn around and start to finally rebound.    […]

Poem for Phil

Recently I composed a poem for my cousin Phil Bly who turned 70, and thought I’d share it with you. If you know him I think the imagery will make more sense: FOR PHIL AT 70 From the mountain high and steep a stream bursts out White spray lifts above the rocks – below a […]