David Kjerland’s Celebration of Life

Last week I attend a celebration for David Kjerland who passed away on his birthday October 15th.  I was honored to read excerpts from an interview David gave about his experience teaching in Alabama in 1965.  It is not difficult to understand how this shaped David's life.  You can find a copy of the interview […]

Teaching and Legislating make for a busy schedule

I am now just finishing my first quarter teaching again at the ALC and I am finding it a challenge to keep up with all the demands of teaching at the same time I try to meet the demands of being a legislator.  I still find both jobs interesting and invigorating.  I have two interim […]

Rangers consider run for Governor

I received word yesterday that not only was State Senator Bakk thinking of running for Governor but my front row seat mate, Rep. Tom Rukavina is thinking of a 2010 run for the State's top job. Rep. Rukavina has not been afraid to take on the Governor on numerous occasions as he does here in […]

Flood Relief

The other day I received the following press release and thought I would pass it on as flood victims continue to need help: For Immediate Release Hotel & Restaurant workers host drive to restock kitchens for flood survivorsOct. 31-Nov. 2, at UNITE HERE Local 21 office, 105 N. Broadway, Rochester Two and a half months […]

State Fair and Poll results

This last Friday I worked the State Fair booth for the Minnesota State Legislature with Rep. Patti Fritz who represents the other half of Rice County.  As always it was great to spend some time with Patti and get caught up with her efforts to bring more funding to Nursing homes.  One of the jobs […]

Regarding the 35W Bridge Collapse Tragedy

I received word from Melanie Ewald, Individual Giving Manager at the Red Cross that the Red Cross has changed its message as follows: Due to the extraordinary generosity of the public, the American Red Cross believes that current financial donations and pledges will be sufficient to cover the estimated costs of its response to the […]

More on I 35

Rep. Rick Hansen sends out occassional e-mail updates to subscribers, here is one he sent earlier today: Our thoughts and prayers go out to people and their families caught in the I-3W Bridge Disaster last night.  Events such as this cause reflection and thought.  Who?  What?  When?  Where?  How?  Why?  We can be proud of […]

I 35 Bridge Collapse

The I 35 bridge collapse has everyone's attention and I am sure we will hear more news as time goes on.  For those fo you who wish to find out more or learn how you can help here is some information:  Call the Red Cross at 612-871-7676.  If callers get a voicemail, leave contact information […]

Funding Nursing Homes: Priority for our Community

I would like to respond to questions I am hearing about the funding of nursing homes in our communities. Nursing homes, especially in rural areas, are under-funded, and have been for a good portion of this decade.  Our older relatives and friends have given so much to our community and I believe it is vital […]