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Legislative Update: Provide Input on the Future of Hwy 169

Thursday, September 30, 2021
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More Minnesotans are getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but the Delta variant is a reminder the pandemic is not behind us. COVID-19 vaccinations are still widely available and the latest guidance from the CDC outlines eligibility for a booster shot if you received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago and: 

Use the state’s Vaccine Locator Map to find a provider near you. Free vaccines are available at pharmacies, community clinics, from health care providers, and more.

Booster shots aren’t yet authorized for people who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  

Influenza could put more pressure on our care facilities and health care workers and our medical community is encouraging us to get a flu shot this year.

Your Voice is Needed for the Future of Hwy 169 in Mankato and North Mankato

The Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization (MAPO) and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) are seeking public input on the recommended long-term vision and implementation plan for Hwy 169 in Mankato, North Mankato, and South Bend Township. An online meeting is scheduled Thursday, October 14 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the recommended improvements to Hwy 169, ask questions, and provide comments. To register for the online meeting and submit comments, visit the project website:

Comments will be collected October 14 – October 28. Written comments can also be dropped off outside the Intergovernmental Center or can be mailed to MAPO located in the same building: Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001.

Energy Assistance Program Expands

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has announced the expansion of the Energy Assistance Program (EAP), ensuring Minnesotans can stay warm and lights will stay on during the cold months ahead. More Minnesotans will now qualify for the EAP. The Cold Weather Rule also goes into effect earlier, on October 1, and lasts through April 30. You can learn more by going to the Department of Commerce website.


Military service members can claim their 2017 military tax credit

The Minnesota Department of Revenue reminds the state’s military service members to take advantage of a refundable military tax credit before it expires. The 2017 Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone will expire October 15, 2021, for qualifying service members.

More than 2,300 service members were eligible for the 2017 Form M99, Credit for Service in a Military Combat zone, but about 1,100 service members still have not applied.

The credit is $120 per month or partial month served.

To claim the credit electronically, visit and enter M99 into the Search box. Complete the online form to apply for the credit.  

To claim the credit by mail: Complete the 2017 Form M99, Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone .

High School Page Program

It is time for interested high school juniors to apply for the High School Page Program. The weeklong program provides a front row seat to the legislative process and allows participants to be involved in policy, public service, other aspects of the state legislature.  You can learn about the application process and more here. The application deadline is November 23.

Fall Color Finder

Now is the perfect time to explore the changing leaf colors. Our beautiful state has so much to offer and if you would like to find out where the leaves are changing and what’s happening where you are or where you’re heading, check out the Fall Color Finder. Enjoy your adventures!



Stay connected with the Legislature

I welcome your questions and comments anytime. You can send an email to or you can also call my legislative assistant, Spencer Crose at 651-297-8129.

Also, please visit and “like” my Facebook page for more Capitol and community updates.

Thank you for the privilege of representing you in the legislature.


Luke Frederick

State Representative


487 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-3248

Committee assignments:
Vice Chair: Behavioral Health Policy Division
Human Services Finance and Policy
Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy
Transportation Finance and Policy

Legislative assistant:
Spencer Crose