Deadline for High School Page Program is coming up

November 16th is the deadline for applications to the House of Representatives Page Program for High School Juniors.  Here are some details from the Sergeant at Arms webpage:  The Minnesota High School Page Program offers students a unique opportunity to examine what they have learned in the classroom under real life circumstances. During every program […]

GRANT OPPORTUNITY – Training future health care workers

The State Register has an announcement regarding a $139,000 grant program in FY 2008, with a maximum of single award of $40,000.  The grants are intended to develop intergenerational programs to encourage middle and high school students to work and volunteer in health care and long-term care settings. The Minnesota Departments of Health and Education […]


Many Minnesota soldiers have recently returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan. They have spent the last weeks and months readjusting to life at home. Many are eager to move forward with their lives now by returning to school or seeking employment. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is helping in that effort through […]

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 […]