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Saturday, November 21, 2020

I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some of the recent activities here at the Minnesota State Capitol.

4 weeks of shutdown: The rules

Governor Walz Closes Minnesota – Again

On Wednesday, Governor Tim Walz announced that he was imposing a four-week shutdown on bars, restaurants, and gyms. Additional restrictions are also being implemented. The new measures took effect at 11:59pm last night.  This was my reaction to the announcement. 

Here are the details of Governor Walz’s current shutdown plan.  

  • Social gatherings that include individuals who are not members of your household are prohibited for four weeks.
  • Bars and restaurants will be closed for four weeks. However, they will still be permitted to offer takeout services.
  • Gyms and fitness centers will be totally closed for four weeks.
  • Youth sports will be suspended for four weeks.
  • Wedding and funeral receptions will be suspended for four weeks.
  • These measures are the Governor’s most recent effort to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is the link to the executive order. 

The COVID-19 pandemic needs to be taken seriously, and we all need to take personal responsibility for our own safety and that of our loved ones. However, the Governor keeps implementing one failed policy after another. I believe these efforts are misguided and will harm the livelihoods of Minnesotans across the state. His policies are putting Minnesotans out of work and harming them in many other ways. Suicides are up, domestic violence and crime are rising and I believe as others do that these thing are related to the effects, not of COVID but of the choices being made on how to fight it by our government.

Just a few weeks ago, Governor Walz said that he wanted to approach COVID-19 in a “surgical” manner rather than using “blunt instruments.” Clearly, the Governor did not mean what he said. His most recent restrictions are nothing more than blunt instruments. The Governor needs to level with the people of Minnesota rather than mislead everyone. I am tired of his hypocrisy and his unconstitutional actions.

So many people are struggling during these economic times. We need to get people back to work rather than shut down people’s livelihoods. The Governor clearly does not understand this, and he remains woefully out of touch with Minnesota.

Legislative Action

For months, several colleagues and I have been trying to strip the Governor of his emergency powers. The Governor has unconstitutionally used his emergency powers to circumvent the Minnesota Legislature and make law on his own. This practice is not how our government is designed to work, and it sets a terrible precedent.

No leader should be allowed to unilaterally make decisions that are blatantly unconstitutional. Yet Governor Walz has done just that. The Minnesota Legislature represents the voice of the people. His refusal to work with legislators demonstrates that he does not want to hear from Minnesotans.

My colleagues and I have put forward resolution after resolution to end the Governor’s tyrannical power trip. I will continue to stand up against his dictatorial rule. I will continue to vote to end his emergency powers. However, we need many more legislators to stand up and do the same if we are going to be successful in ending Governor Walz’s unconstitutional actions.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or my office. My email address is Additionally, please reach out to my Legislative Assistant, Luke, with any questions. Luke’s email is Emailing is the fastest way to reach me. Contact me anytime with questions or concerns.

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