170325 GR Listening Tour-group

Grand Rapids Listening Tour: What we learned

When we left for Grand Rapids last Friday, I think the three of us weren’t quite sure what to expect. We wanted to talk to locals about what they were thinking, how they viewed St. Paul and the issues that were on the top of their minds.

170325 Grand Rapids-Judy Garland

Grand Rapids Listening Tour: The first step

On Friday we kicked off our listening tour up north by leaving St. Paul behind and caravanning up to Grand Rapids. We hail from Shoreview, Edina and Duluth, and we’ve chosen to leave our districts for a few days to begin talking to voters across Greater Minnesota.


Sen. Simonson broadband bill moves forward in Senate committee

A small town mayor, an IT professional and a rural county administrator were among the nearly half dozen Minnesotans who traveled long distances to speak in support of Sen. Erik Simonson’s (DFL-Duluth) bill to invest $100 million into broadband grants.


Sen. Simonson takes stand against preemption bill

Following a heated Senate committee policy debate on preemption Monday afternoon, Sen. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) released the following statement about his vote against the bill which he says would restrict local control across the state.