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Update from Rep. Nelson

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Rep. Nelson


I wanted to let you know about a few opportunities to weigh in on some important issues facing our state, and give a quick update on our mini-session in the Winona area!

Minnesota Values Project

The Minnesota Values Project is an ongoing partnership between Minnesotans and elected officials. We’re working together to create a shared vision for the future of our state, and your input is an important part of this process! You can let us know what’s important to you, your community, and Minnesota by taking a quick survey here.


Join a Statewide Conversation about Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling, a 23-acre site located along the Mississippi River, has had many names over the years. The Minnesota Historical Society is asking Minnesotans to weigh in on what it should be called. You can share your opinions by taking a survey or attending one of the upcoming public meetings. More information about the survey and public meetings is available here.


High School Page Program

Our House of Representatives High School Page Program is an awesome opportunity for students in their Junior year! Applicants can participate in a wide variety of activities to enhance their understanding of our state government and the legislative process. Some of the activities include:  

  • Assisting members and staff during House floor sessions in the House Chamber.
  • Participating in a mock committee hearing designed to develop students' leadership skills and to inspire them to think critically about the issues confronting our state.
  • Individual meetings with state representatives designed to allow students to discuss the issues that matter most to them.
  • Meetings with constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, lobbyists, and members of the media.

The programs are each 1 week long, and applications are taken until November 21st, 2019. Find more information here, and start an application here


Share Your Input with LCCMR

The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) is seeking input from Minnesotans. This bipartisan commission is working on a strategic plan for the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Once it’s completed, the plan will guide efforts to preserve our state’s air, water, land, wildlife, and other natural resources for the next six years. You can share your feedback by completing an anonymous survey, which is available here.


House Mini-Session

From October 2-4, we held a mini-session in and around Winona, which included committee hearings, roundtables, and informative tours.

Though the Minnesota House doesn’t officially reconvene until February 2020, bringing our work to outside communities offers a chance for us to see our work through a different lens. The last mini-session was in 1997 in Willmar, and we’re hoping our work this year restarts the tradition of holding offsite hearings and making the Minnesota House more accessible. 


I participated in the mini-session Elections Committee meeting. We heard a great presentation on the importance of the upcoming Census. It is important to all MN residents that we get a Complete count of everyone

I hope you're enjoying the Fall weather and are getting a chance to spend time outside with family and friends! 


Rep. Michael Nelson