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Congrats to FFHS band; helpful state websites

Friday, January 18, 2013

To the editor,

Congratulations to the Fergus Falls High School band for being selected to play at President Obama's inauguration event. You deserve to be proud of this achievement and I shared your story from the House floor. Congratulations again!

As for news from the Capitol, the 2013 legislative session is hitting stride and I want to share some information to help local citizens keep up to speed as things develop at the Capitol.

One way to follow along is by signing up to receive my periodic email updates. These emails are free of charge and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the Legislature. The way I look at it, is I'm a reporter with inside access and I do my best to pass along messages regarding issues I believe people will find important. I try to be more factual and informative than soap-boxy.

In addition to receiving my periodic email updates, you also can tune in local radio stations to hear my views on the latest issues. I am on The Lakes 99.5 FM in Perham at 8:15 a.m. each Thursday. Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen and I alternate making weekly appearances on KBRF 1250 AM out of Fergus Falls. We are on at 5:45 p.m. Fridays throughout the session.

You can sign up by visiting my official legislative website at Just click on the sign-up link near my photo to start receiving my free emails.

A number of nonpartisan websites also are available to help keep citizens informed of the latest news at the Capitol. Here are some links I hope you will find helpful:

Minnesota House of Representatives:

-Information about the legislative process and the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Session Weekly:

- A nonpartisan publication of Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services. News items are updated Fridays during the legislative session.

Session Daily:

-Hard news from the Capitol.

New laws:

-Compiled by the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services.

TV coverage:

- Coverage is broadcast statewide – along with Minnesota Senate television coverage – on your local PBS station’s digital Minnesota Channel.

Streaming video:

- Live Internet video streaming of all television productions, plus additional coverage not provided on the broadcast channel, including evening, weekend and interim coverage.

How a bill moves to law:

- A 16-page booklet explaining, in a simple, straightforward manner, how a bill moves from an idea to law. Capitol Steps is intended as a resource for junior high school students.


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