I hope you can attend the 21st annual “Walk for Glendalough” this 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at Glendalough State Park in Battle Lake to support this local gem.
There will be no fee to enter the park for the event, but donations are encouraged since this is a fund-raiser. Over the years, the walk has generated in nearly $300,000 for park improvements, including everything from year-round restrooms to restoration of the historic lodge and making automated external defibrillators available. A portion of this year’s proceeds will go toward finishing the outdoor seating area, funding archery equipment and installing group-size grills at the picnic shelter.
At St. Paul this week, the Legislature has taken another step in the process of establishing our state’s next two-year budget. With all the omnibus finance bills having received initial approval in the House and the Senate, joint conference committees are now meeting to resolve differences between each body’s respective versions of bills.
This is a very important phase as conferees look to not only gain agreement on their particular section of the state budget, but also work within the context of the overall structure. I am especially focused on resolving the higher education portion of the state budget as chairman of that House panel and look forward to coming out of the committee with a good finished product.
I will be back with more news from the Capitol as budget bills start to fall in place so we can provide final approval and get them off to the governor for his action.