Free Career Workshop in Scott County

The Scott County Workforce Center is hosting a free workshop titled Change Your Stripes/Do What You Love for a Living on Wednesday, August 25, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the Scott County Law Enforcement Center in Shakopee. The program promises to help you identify your DREAM JOB, build a STRATEGY that works, STAND OUT from the herd, […]

Montgomery Parade July 25

We had a great time in Montgomery, Minnesota, marching with supporters in the 76th Annual Kolacky Day Grande Day Parade. A big thanks to my children and all my supporters who lined up with me for the march. We enjoyed our fill of the delicious Kolackies afterwards.

New Laws Effective Aug. 1

Directory scams banned Out-of-state companies that pretend to be homegrown Minnesota businesses will be guilty of deceptive business practices under a new law. Sponsored by Rep. Steve Simon (DFL-St. Louis Park) and Sen. Sandy Pappas (DFL-St. Paul), a new law makes it illegal for companies to misrepresent their location in phone directories, print ads and […]

Endorsements Received

I’m pleased to report that I have recently received endorsements from the following Political Action Committees: Clean Water Action Minnesota Farmers Union Minnesota Nurses Association Planned Parenthood Minnesota Association of Professional Employees United Transportation Union The Sierra Club

Energy and pollution

The BP oil spill in the gulf has created considerable angst about dependence on fossil fuels and along with that more interest in renewable energy and conservation. Although, some criticize linking electric energy production with transportation fuel with new battery technology more and more people are interested in electricity as a source transportation energy. Whether […]


The Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security (OES) requests proposals from Minnesota school districts and local governments for the Local Government Renewable Energy Grant Program funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 and authorized by Laws of Minnesota 2009, Chapter 138, Article 3, Section 5. Grants will be awarded competitively […]

Visit with Rice County Commissioners

I joined Sen. Dahle and Rep. Fritz recently for a talk with Rice County commissioners and staff. Kevin already blogged about the conversation on his website capturing the mood and some of the questions they had during the meeting. Among them how will they continue to provide the vital and necessary services their residents have […]

New Laws Effective July 1, 2010

The Public Information Services Department of the Minnesota Legislature released this notice of new laws taking effect July 1, 2010.  Some of the laws are summarized below.  For a complete list of laws passed this session, see the House website. Veterans of Foreign Wars Day A new law designates May 28 as Veterans of Foreign […]

Absentee Balloting for the Primary Begins June 25

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie reminded voters who will be away from home or otherwise unable to make it to their polling locations on Aug. 10 that they can vote absentee in the state primary beginning Friday, June 25. The absentee balloting time period comes earlier this year because Minnesota moved its primary from […]