While we wait for Gov. Mark Dayton to sign some important bills that are on his desk, it was nice to be back in the district working directly with constituents this week.
Tuesday found me at the Aitkin County Board table discussing important items which included allowing Aitkin County’s probation officers to continue to operate as a stand-alone county under the Community Corrections Act after the Central Minnesota Corrections joint powers agreement dissolves June 30, 2016.
We also discussed the impact of the exclusion of the first $100,000 of market for commercial properties. This will result in a much-needed reduction in the state general property tax for small businesses in the area. It is very important the governor sign that bill without further delay.
Thursday I attended the Garrison, Kathio, West Mille Lacs Sanitary District monthly work session. We are making adjustments to improve the financial strength of the district. Evening found me at Appeldorn’s Resort on the east side of Mille Lacs at the monthly meeting of the Mille Lac’s Lake Fishery Advisory Group.
At noon today (Friday) I will be working at our brat sale on the Aitkin County Courthouse lawn to raise funds for our local Veterans Assistance Fund.
On Monday we will observe Memorial Day remembering the sacrifices our veterans have made to keep America free and safe. I am honored to be speaking at our local Memorial Day observance hosted by Aitkin VFW Post 1727.
This Memorial Day weekend is a time for a grateful nation to pause and acknowledge the sacrifice made by those who answered the call to defend our great country. I encourage all to take this opportunity to share that legacy with our children. The story of our soldiers, sailors and marines deserve to be told so future generations understand the sacrifices the men and women of our armed forces have made in order to achieve and preserve our freedom.
Please be safe this weekend and may God bless our nation as we honor those that sacrificed for our freedom and safety.