Campaign Update

The last few weeks have been very encouraging to me and to all those who think it is time for a changing of the guard in St. Paul. The more I talk to voters one-on-one, the more convinced I become that people in our district are more frustrated with the way things are going in […]

Storm Damage

It was quite a storm that hit Northfield on Thursday.  I have talked to several people trying to clean up and sort out damage reports. My car is out of commission until I can get the windows replaced, hopefully Monday.  In the meantime, I did some searching to see what information might be helpful to […]

Energy and Economic Development

Recently, I met with some local energy and environmental experts who shared with me their thoughts, concerns, and dreams about how to make positive change for our envi-ronment and our local economy. They believe we can transform our community by producing our own renewable energy and developing policies that promote conservation.  We might be able […]

Nursing Home Update

This last week I visited with Pat Vincent, and Maureen Greden, Director of Nursing at Three Links Care Center and later with Kyle Nordeen of The Northfield Retirement Center.  Our conversations seemed awfully familiar.  Many of the issues we talked about were the same ones we discussed four years earlier.  The nursing home and long-term […]

Citizen meeting

Tuesday I met with a group of neighbors who had numerous concerns, from transportation to education, but also interesting insights on the immigration issue.  A number of them were immigrants from diverse places across the world:  One from Mexico, one from Malaysia another from Thailand and a fourth from Ghana.  All of them work in […]

Wellstone’s Birthday

Today, July 21st , would be Paul Wellstone’s 62nd birthday.  Those of you who want to honor his birthday may want to donate a gift to the organization founded by his sons after the plane crash.  Wellstone Action.

Healthcare Discussion

  Monday evening I met with several voters and talked about their experiences with the health care system.  They described a system that at best is uneven.  On the one hand, those who had encountered the services of the Mayo Clinic raved about service and before and after care.  Their use of technology in record […]

Valuing Our Natural Resources

Sunday my church made its annual trek to the Valley Grove Church where we worshiped in the beautiful old church surrounded by ripening fields and restored prairie.  I volunteered to take the Sunday school class of 16 mixed age (4 to 8) students, which began with a song and a walk outside, looking for things […]


Yes it's been hot but July brings parades and festivals that continue through the rest of the Summer.  On July 4th a number of my supporters joined me for the Veseli Parade.  It was great fun and the response was great too several times along the parade route supporters from the Lonsdale Veseli area cheered […]