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Happy New Year! I hope your 2014 is off to a good start. Some updates from St. Paul and around our community:
Congratulations Rosemount Marching Band!
I want to wish a belated congratulations to the Rosemount High School Marching Band that participated in the Rose Bowl Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on New Year's Day. What a wonderful opportunity to showcase our great schools and music program, and represent our community on a truly national stage. Read more about their trip to Pasadena in the Rosemount Town Pages by clicking here. You can watch a video of their performance posted by Rosemount High School on their Facebook page by clicking here.
On January 13th, I attended a District 196 meeting that included Superintendent Jane Berenz, Rosemount High School, Inver Hills Community College, as well as our Senator Greg Clausen, Senate E-12 Committee Chair Senator Chuck Wiger, Senator Susan Kent, and Senator Jim Carlson.
Much of our discussion focused on the College in the Schools (CIS) program, and how we can better prep our students for college and eventual careers. We were able to visit one of the CIS classes and hear from students what they are learning and how CIS is preparing them to be ready for college. And as an added bonus, we also had the opportunity to hear the marching band practice!
On January 15th, I attended the Apple Valley Chamber Luncheon "What If...Session," where Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland and Chamber President Ed Kearney had an informal discussion with the audience of local business leaders and education leaders on how they can improve and collaborate more effectively to best benefit the community. We also discussed how the city and the legislature can better work together on behalf of our community.
Later that day, I attended the Minnesota Inter-County Association (MICA) Legislative Forum, which focused on how Minnesota counties and the legislature can better work together to provide services to citizens, as well as what the legislature can do to make life easier on county governments.
We discussed several issues that are expected to come up in the 2014 legislative session, including bonding proposals, minimum wage changes, and a possible transportation funding bill.
On January 16th, I visited a group home in Rosemount to talk with representatives of the 5% campaign, a bipartisan effort to give a 5% increase to home care workers who care for our most vulnerable citizens. The proposal is likely to be a topic of discussion at the Capitol this upcoming session, and has received pledges of support from Democrats and Republicans alike.