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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
As your state lawmaker, one of the things I enjoy most is getting out to your community and hearing about the issues that are important to you. That’s why I hold town meetings each year in hopes that many of you will come out and make your voices heard. I’ve recently finalized my town meeting schedule for the year, and I’m hopeful you can join me at one of the following locations: • Goodview: Saturday, February 21, City Hall, 10:30 a.m. • St. Charles: Saturday, February 21, City Hall, 2:00 p.m. • Zumbrota: Wednesday, February 25, City Hall, 7:00 p.m. • Wabasha: Saturday, February 28, W-K Elementary School Library, 2:00 p.m. • Kenyon: Wednesday, March 4, City Hall, 7:00 p.m. • Zumbro Falls: Saturday, March 7, Fire Hall, 2:00 p.m. State Representative Tim Kelly will also be joining me at the Wabasha stop on February 28. With a $5 billion state budget deficit facing us, I’m confident you have ideas as to how we should solve this problem, and opinions as to how we should avoid facing this crisis again. I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks. AREA LOTTERY RESULTS RELEASED Have you contributed towards helping our community and wildlife, as well as the entire state, through lottery participation? If not, it appears many of your neighbors have. The state’s Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund, as well as The Game and Fish Fund and Natural Resources Fund have benefited from large contributions from lottery purchases in our area. Sales in District 28B accounted for $2,984,172 this past year alone. The state constitution requires that nearly fourteen cents of each lottery dollar go to the state’s general fund; nearly seven cents go toward the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to finance projects that preserve, restore and enhance our state's natural resources; and nearly five cents is sent to the Game and Fish Fund and Natural Resources Fund. The remaining 74 cents is used for prizes, retailer commissions and incentives, and administrative costs. From purchases made in District 28B, a contribution of $194,568 was made to the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, and $411,816 was made to the General Fund. The Game and Fish Fund and Natural Resources Fund each received $67,442. Throughout the year, 27 businesses offered lottery ticket sales in our area, and $1,452,298 in prize money was redeemed in our district. Please let me know what you think. You can write me at 247 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155. You can call me toll free, at 1-888-683-3436 or e-mail me at: To sign up for my email updates, please visit and click on “Email Updates.”
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