Senator Melissa Wiklund

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Senator Melissa Halvorson Wiklund is serving her second term in the Minnesota Senate representing Senate District 50, which includes the cities of Bloomington and Richfield. Sen. Wiklund’s legislative priorities include education (with a particular focus on early childhood), health care (with a particular focus on children’s mental health), and job creation. Sen. Wiklund has also put an emphasis on building up community support systems to help families and reduce the achievement gap.

Prior to her service in the Senate, Sen. Wiklund served on the Bloomington School Board for three years, the last as Chair. Sen. Wiklund worked in the telecommunications and Internet Services industry as an engineer, manager, and director and is an honors graduate of the University of Minnesota with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Interior Design. Sen. Wiklund graduated from Kennedy High School and lives in Bloomington with her husband, Craig and their two children.

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    I hope you can join Minnesotans from all over in celebrating the re-opening of our State Capitol! Events begin this Friday, run through Sunday, and include a wide variety of activities, musical performances, and educational events. This is truly an historic event for our state, and one you won’t want to miss! ...

    Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration

    August 11, 2017, 7:30am - August 13, 2017, 8:00pm

    The Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration is a three-day long event being held August 11-13 at the fully restored State Capitol in Saint Paul. The celebration commemorates the completion of the Capitol Restoration Project and welcomes ALL Minnesotans back to the “People’s House” at a nearly cost-free weekend-long event. Visit us online at for more information about Grand Opening weekend, daily event schedules, ticket sales, directions, maps and more! Be sure to mark your calendar, it’s sure to be a summer celebration you won’t want to miss! ___________________________________________________ GRAND OPENING WEEKEND EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: • Kids Zone featuring family-friendly events hosted by the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota Children's Museum, Minnesota Zoo, the Minnesota Historical Society, and famous authors and librarians from across the state. • Outstanding Entertainment includes diverse music and dance performances from groups of singers and dancers celebrating Minnesota's vibrant culture! Other entertainment highlights include a Prince Dance Party with DJ Dudley D, "Cap Untapped" Craft Beer Garden Event presented by the Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild and The Current, a free evening concert from The Current Presets: Cloud Cult and Polica, an extended fireworks show, and "Bring the Sing on the Capitol Green" community choral event lead by Classical Minnesota Public Radio and VocalEssence! • Yoga and Breakfast on the Capitol Lawn: Grab your yoga mat and join us for some sun salutations on the Capitol Mall! Yoga classes will be led by the YWCA St. Paul. On Saturday, free water bottles are provided to participants while supplies last. A limited supply of free blueberry muffins will be served each day, compliments of General Mills. • Tours: Guides from the Minnesota Historical Society and a host of Capitol tenant volunteers will lead you on a tour of the Minnesota State Capitol building. Grand Opening Tours will include special behind-the-scenes looks at restored spaces including the Loggia and Quadriga, Governor's Office, the House and Senate Retiring Rooms, and the private Supreme Court Conference Room. Dusk each day will feature a special viewing, raising, and lighting of the Rotunda Chandelier. • Getting to the Capitol: Take free Metro Transit rides on Saturday and Sunday to the Capitol. State-owned Capitol-area parking lots are accessible for free on Saturday and Sunday. ___________________________________________________ THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS, PARTNERS, AND THE PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA! JE Dunn Construction, Xcel Energy Minnesota, Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council, Metropolitan Council, Star Tribune, Cargill, HGA Architects and Engineers, Pohlad Family Foundation, Hubbard Broadcasting, Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild, Minnesota Vikings, Comcast, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Target, 3M, Best Buy, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, Tunheim, Mortenson Construction, Delta, Clear Channel Outdoor, Carl Bolander & Sons, Minnesota Power an ALLETE Company, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx, Thrivent Financial, AFSCME, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Harris Companies, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Faegre Baker Daniels, Ameriprise Financial, Messerli & Kramer, Alpha Video & Audio, Minnesota Community Foundation, Cost Planning & Management International, Inc, (CPMI), Medtronic, CHS, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P., University of Minnesota, Minnesota College Savings Plan, YWCA St. Paul, General Mills, Land O'Lakes, Inc., Minnesota Orchestra, Pioneer Press, Minnesota Public Radio, and COMPAS.

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    Congressman Keith Ellison and other state and local officials will be hosting a “Civics 101” forum in Richfield. The purpose is to educate and encourage residents on how to advocate with government officials serving Richfield. It will be on Thursday, July 6th, from 6-7:30pm at Richfield City Hall (6700 Portland Ave S). More information can be found at the link. I hope to see you there! ...

    Civics 101

    July 6, 2017, 6:00pm - July 6, 2017, 7:30pm

    Join Congressman Ellison and special guest Richfield Mayor Pat Elliott to learn: - How federal, state, county, and city governments work - How to exercise your rights and privileges to the government - How laws are passed and implemented - How citizens influence public policy Panelists include: Congressman Keith Ellison Richfield Mayor Pat Elliott Hennepin County Commissioner Debbie Goettel (District 5) MN State Senator Patricia Torres Ray (District 63) Email questions, concerns, and requests to or call (612) 522-1212.

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