Legislative Report

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Congrats to the Pierz Pioneers wrestling team for their third-place finish at state last week! Great job, guys! And a shout out to the Long Prairie boys and girls basketball teams for their successful season. The #5 ranked boys team lost to Sauk Centre in the postseason and the girls ended the...
February is quickly coming to a close and the legislative session is just around the corner. Like last year, one of the top issues we’ll debate is transportation funding. In 2015, the Republican-led House passed a $7 billion plan to fund roads and bridges over the next 10 years without raising...
Dear Neighbors,   Congratulations and good luck to all our local sports teams finishing up their seasons. Teams like the Pierz wrestling team continue to make our area proud as they keep their hopes alive for a state title. Last weekend, the Pioneers took down Aitkin to win the section championship...
Dear Friends, I hope you’ve been able to enjoy some of late-January warm-up. It’s that great winter weather where we can still ice fish and play hockey outside, but don’t need every piece of warm clothing to survive. Before you and your family enjoy the weekend, I wanted to pass along a few items....
The first order of business when the 2016 Legislative session begins March 8 should be a vote on whether to continue Minnesota’s government-run Obamacare website, MNsure. More than three years into development, MNsure remains unable to fulfill its primary mission: providing access to affordable...
Hello, Neighbors, This week is a short one for students, and I look forward to seeing the many college students or service men and women coming back to sit in church with their families for the Christmas services. With four daughters at home this Christmas season, I can’t wait for lots of laughing...
Minnesota’s 81,000 farms are the key to feeding our families and making sure our region remains globally competitive. Agriculture is also a serious economic driver and source of good paying jobs. Farms and the food industry make up the second largest employer in our state. Our farm families are...
Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, is reminding constituents about the start of what’s known as Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule which can help families struggling to make energy payments keep their heat on between October 15, 2015 and April 15, 2016. Under state law, utilities...
Four-star legislators are pictured with board members from PASR. From left to right: House Minority Leader Rep. Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, Sen. Eric Pratt, R-Prior Lake, Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, Sen. Dick Cohen, DFL-Saint Paul, and Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka. Behind Sen. Bonoff is PASR board member Doug Baker, and on the far right is board member Michael Ciresi.
Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, was presented with the “4-Star Legislator” award by Parent Aware for School Readiness (PASR) Wednesday for his work on early education and focus on the state’s most vulnerable children. Kresha was the chief author of an early education...
An update regarding avian influenza, which recently devastated the state’s turkey flock, was provided during a House hearing Tuesday at the Capitol. The upshot: The situation is under control and the state is better prepared to mitigate the threat of future outbreaks of the virus and handle them if...

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