Today, I testified with the Vice Commander of the National Association of Atomic Veterans: Keith Kiefer to a bill, House File 2276. This bill would establish July 16th as Atomic Veterans Day. Atomic Veterans are military veterans who were exposed to ionizing radiation while serving active duty.
I also met with members of the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce earlier this week.
Touring Eagle’s Healing Nest:
This past weekend, I, along with some of my legislative colleagues toured the Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Centre. The mission of the Eagle’s Healing Nest is to provide lodging and special services for our veterans. They also offer 12-step programs, out-patient treatment, therapy, recreational activities, and community networking.
I was joined on the tour by Speaker of the House: Kurt Daudt, President of the Senate: Michelle Fischbach, Rep. Paul Anderson, Senator Bruce Anderson, Senator Jerry Relph, and the Executive Director of the Eagle’s Healing Nest: Melony Butler.
We met with many veterans and discussed their experiences at the Eagle’s Healing Nest and how they have been helped by their services. This is an amazing place for the men and women who have served our country. I encourage you to check out their website: http://www.eagleshealingnest.com/
This week, Governor Dayton signed a bill into law that lifts the ban of selling liquor on Sundays. Starting Sunday, July 2nd, Minnesota liquor stores will have the option to start selling alcohol between the hours of 11 AM & 6 PM on Sundays.
U.S. Bank Stadium Suites:
On Monday, the House passed legislation aimed at increasing oversight and accountability of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) following the recent news and a report by the Legislative Auditor that taxpayer funded suite seats were being given away to MSFA board members’ families. The bill (House File 778) reforms the structure of the board and limits the use of these suites at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Controversy continues as it was reported on Sunday in the Star Tribune that former MSFA Chair: Michele Kelm-Helgen skipped to the front of the line to buy seat licenses and season tickets for the Vikings. This sort of blatant unethical behavior by the MSFA needs to come to an end. I am hopeful for swift action by the Senate and for the Governor’s signature on the bill.
Students, kindergarten through 12th grade, are encouraged to submit essays explaining how the State Capitol has shaped our collective past and how it will impact future generations. Contest winners will be invited to share their submissions during an August 12th program as part of festivities marking the completion of an extensive refurbishment of our 112-year old Capitol. Winners in each category also will receive a $1,000 college savings plan.
Essay participants can select from one of following topics:
Essays will be reviewed by a panel of state officials. Each submission must contain the student’s name, school, home address, phone number and current grade on the front page or cover sheet. Middle and high school entries must be typed in a 12-point font, double-spaced on white 8.5-by 11-inch piece of paper. Elementary school entries may be handwritten. Essays should be 250 words or fewer, and will be judged on creativity, clarity, content and adherence to the theme.
All essays must be received via email or postmarked by April 28th. Entries should be mailed to the Minnesota Department of Administration, c/o Kathy Morgan. 50 Sherburne Ave, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55117. Entries also may be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the contest also is provided at: http://mn.gov/admin/capitol-restoration/grand-opening/.
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