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News from Representative Petersburg 04-10-2015

Friday, April 10, 2015
Dear Friends,

On Monday I had the opportunity to visit Willow Creek Elementary in Owatonna to visit with students about my work at the legislature. These students have been working to gather support for a memorial at the State Capitol to honor those who constructed our Capitol from 1896-1907.

Tragically, six construction workers lost their lives during the process, and there is not a memorial of any sort honoring their sacrifice on the Capitol grounds.

These students learned about these six workers, and wanted to do something about it. They gathered 721 signatures online and by knocking on the doors of neighbors in support of their potential bill.

I plan to author legislation in the House that will serve as the companion to a bill that will be authored by Senator Vicki Jensen who represents Owatonna in the State Senate. Because it is late in the legislative session, there are no guarantees the bill will get passed, but I think this is a wonderful way for students to stay involved and learn about how the legislative process works. I will do what I can to move the bill forward, so they can continue to track it and follow how a bill becomes a law.

You can read the full article in the Owatonna People's Press by clicking here.

Over the next several weeks, we will be working on putting together and passing our budget for the 2016-2017 biennium. I'm looking forward to what's sure to be a great deal of rigorous debate about transportation, water buffers, education, and other issues in the final weeks in Saint Paul. I hope you will continue to contact me with your thoughts and feedback. You can email me at, or call my office at 651-296-5368. You can also follow my updates on Facebook at

Last call for 2015 survey
If you haven't yet, please take the online version of my 2015 survey by clicking here. We will be closing the survey Monday to tabulate results. If you would like a paper copy, please call my office at 651-296-5368 and we would be happy to mail one to you.

Have a great weekend,

John Petersburg
State Representative, District 24A