Minnesota House of Representatives


State Representative Joyce Peppin

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100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

For more information contact: House GOP Communications 651-296-5522

Posted: 2018-03-09
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Legislative Update

Capitol Update

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With Bill Lambert of Maple Grove and Mike Christopherson of St. Paul for Fire Service Day at the Capitol

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At the second hearing of the Subcommittee on Workplace Safety and Respect on Monday.


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Here is an update with the latest news from the Capitol.

In this Issue:

  • Maple Grove City Council
  • School Safety Upgrades
  • Community Events
  • Peppin’s MinnTriv

Maple Grove City Council

Thank you to the Maple Grove City Council for having me speak at their meeting on Monday night. We discussed a number of shared priorities for our community and some key issues we will be tackling at the Legislature in 2018.

I always appreciate collaborating with locally-elected leaders, as we all share the goal of making our community an even better place to live, work and raise a family. Thank you!

School Safety Upgrades

This session, we are looking at a number of ideas on how we can improve the safety of students in our schools across the state. On Tuesday, the House Education Finance Committee heard legislation that would expand a 2015 program called long term facilities maintenance revenue to include school security upgrades. With those funds, which include state dollars, school districts could fund building enhancements, limited entryways to schools, or emergency communications, for example.

Long term facilities maintenance funding was created to give school districts local control to fund needed facility repairs as they see fit, and with an expansion of the revenue program, decisions about security upgrade needs would remain in the hands of local school districts—allowing them to fund what works best for their schools.

In addition to advancing legislation to fund security upgrades, House Republicans are taking steps to improve student safety. We have more than doubled our commitment for student mental health grants over the past few years, and are examining a variety of policies that ensure better outcomes for Minnesota kids.  We are listening to schools, to parents, to local leaders and to constituents on how we can advance solutions that have a real and positive impact. The safety and wellbeing of our students is a goal we all share.

Community Events

Winter and Spring Theatre Productions

Students from Maple Grove Middle School will be performing a Mystery Double Feature with “Young Sherlock Holmes” and “The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery” being shown Wednesday, March 14 through Saturday, March 17. Showtime is 7:00 p.m. in the middle school auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students and can be purchased at the door.

It’s Fish Fry Season!

The Rogers Lions are hosting fish and shrimp fry on Friday March 16 from 5-8 p.m. at the Rogers Community Room, 21201 Memorial Drive in Rogers. Menu includes fish, shrimp, fries, baked potato and macaroni and cheese. Cash bar and family friendly beverages also available. Price is $13 for adults and $6 for kids 10 and under.

The Mary Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus are hosting fish dinners on Friday, March 9 (tonight) and Friday, March 23. Menu includes baked or deep fried fish, macaroni and cheese, baked potatoes, baked beans, cole slaw, dinner rolls, cookies and beverages. Cost is $11 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under and $2 for under age 5. Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. at the church located at 21304 Church Avenue in downtown Rogers.

Seniors Bingo

Join in the bingo fun on Monday, March 12 from 1-3 p.m. at the Rogers Senior Center on Main Street in Rogers. Cards are $0.25 each and many different games are played with cash prizes. Bring friends and neighbors and meet other seniors in our area. 

Peppin’s MinnTriv

Thank you to everyone who participated in the last Peppin’s MinnTriv Question. This well-known 3M product was invented in St. Paul by Richard Drew in the 1930s. The answer is Scotch Tape.

Congratulations to Karen Jaeger from Maple Grove, who is last week’s winner.

Here is this week’s question:

This famous children’s author spent a period of her life in Walnut Grove, Minnesota.

The SEVENTH correct response will be featured in the next email update.


In order to best represent our communities, I need to hear from you, so please don’t hesitate to contact my office at any time. My direct line is 651-296-7806. My email address is rep.joyce.peppin@house.mn and my mailing address is Room 459 State Office Building, 100 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55155.

Have a wonderful weekend.



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