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Legislative Update: Friday AM Coffee in Bemidji

Thursday, February 16, 2017


On Friday February 17th, I will be holding joint office hours with Rep. Matt Bliss at Raphael’s in Bemidji from 8:00 am – 10:00 am. The address is 319 Minnesota Ave NW Bemidji. I hope you can make it!

This week I had the pleasure of having a number of visitors to my office in St. Paul. I discussed a bill to protect nurses and other medical personnel with the Minnesota Nurses Association and spoke with the Community of Minnesota Resorts about issues they are facing. Photos of them are included with the rest of my update from St. Paul below. Have a great weekend!

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Rep. Grossell with members of the Minnesota Nurses Association

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Rep. Grossell meeting with the Community of Minnesota Resorts 

Legislation to build a veterans home in Bemidji

This week Rep. Matt Bliss and I co-authored, along with Rep. Tim Miller, a bill to build two veterans homes in areas currently underserved. The bill allocates $10 million for a veterans facilities to be built in Bemidji and $6 million to build one in Montevideo. Sanford Health donated the land to build the facility in Bemidji and there will also be federal and local contributions.

As a veteran myself, I recognize the importance of honoring the sacrifice our veterans have made. Building this facility will help to keep the promises we have made to care for the veterans who choose to live and work in our part of the state. I look forward to working with my colleagues to move this bill through the process and build support to get it passed. I will keep you up to date on the progress we make on it.

Does the State of Minnesota owe you money?

Did you know there is almost $700 million of property that rightfully belongs to Minnesotans that is sitting in an account known as the Unclaimed Property Account? This could be the last paycheck from an old job, a final few hundred dollars in the bank account, or an unclaimed insurance policy. All of these and many more eventually get placed into this account with the State of Minnesota.

My colleague Rep. Barr has a bill to make the Department of Commerce more proactive in returning this money. You can read that bill here.

In the meantime, you can check to see if you are owed any money by checking this website:

Please continue to stay in touch to share our thoughts or concerns. My phone number is 651-296-4265 or you can email me at

Have a great weekend,