AFSCME PEOPLE Council 5 Endorsement

  AFSCME People  Council 5 is one of the largest unions in my district.  I was grateful to receive a letter of endorsement from Laura Askelin and several other members at my campaign office.    I am proud to earn this endorsement. I know many of the hard working members who staff many state health, […]

Anniversary of Wellstone’s Death

  This a difficult day for many in Minnesota to remember but the memory of those we lost will be with us for some time.    Minnesota DFL Chair Brian Melendez released the following statement:   “The legacy of Paul Wellstone has forever altered the landscape of Minnesota politics. The teacher from Northfield redefined what […]

Education – Issues of concern.

Earlier this month I attended the Alliance for Student Achievement Education Summit at the Minneapolis Convention Center. I ran into several other folks from Northfield among them School Board members Kari Nelson, Diane Cirksena, and Wendy Smith; as well as Superintendent Richardson and MASA Executive Charlie Kyte, sometimes called the voice of Minnesota education. Much […]

Rice County DFL Beanstock

September 30th the Rice County DFL will host a bean feed Democrats of all stripes, friends and others are warmly invited to   Beanstock   in memoriam: Jim McDonough Come join: MN Representative Patti Fritz MN Senate candidate Jeremy Eller MN House candidate David Bly MN Senate candidate Jessica Peterson for an old-timey DFL bean […]

“Eyewitness to Global Warming” Event

  Will Steger and J. Drake Hamiltion of Fresh Energy spoke Tuesday night at Bethel Lutheran Church to a packed crowd of several hundred. The subject, “Global Warming and What you can do about it.” This event was Co-hosted by Congregations Caring for Creation and organized locally by Connie DeGrote of Bethel Lutheran. Will Steger […]

Freedom of Speech Issues

Recently, there has been some talk about a flyer that surfaced over DJJ Days and the disappearance of lawn signs.  Placing lawn signs in compliance with State, County and Municipal Rules is a complicated task and many volunteers just don’t know the rules.  I’ve learned that most of the signs I lose have to do […]

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 […]