Area flood-relief projects included in state bonding bill

On Wednesday this week, I met with local officials to talk about some of the area’s flood control efforts. They were in St. Paul to convince state lawmakers to include area projects in a capital investment package that is aimed at funding flood mitigation efforts around the state. Jon Erichson, Austin’s city engineer; Bev Nordby […] Read more

Area flood-relief projects included in state bonding bill

On Wednesday this week, I met with local officials to talk about some of the area’s flood control efforts. They were in St. Paul to convince state lawmakers to include area projects in a capital investment package that is aimed at funding flood mitigation efforts around the state. Jon Erichson, Austin’s city engineer; Bev Nordby […] Read more

Senate GOP proposes cuts to Natural Resources

Moving forward with their all-cuts budget, the Senate Republicans recently released legislation to cut funding for Environment and Natural Resources by 15 percent. Included in the reduction is a $6.142 million cut to the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Parks and Trails Management funding. A representative of DNR reported that the cut could force the […] Read more

Enjoy the beauty of Minnesota

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The beauty and charm of the wilderness are his for the asking, for the edges of the wilderness lie close beside the beaten roads of the present travel.” He was referring to the easy access we have to enjoying the great outdoors. Minnesotans are blessed with abundant local, regional and state […] Read more

Sen. Sheran, Reps. Morrow and Brynaert to Host Town Meeting April 2

District 23 legislators will host a series of town hall meetings in communities in our area on Saturday, April 2. Senator Sheran, Reps. Terry Morrow and Kathy Brynaert will be hosting the meetings. “These meetings offer us a chance to hear from our district about the outcomes they seek from this legislative session,” Sen. Sheran […] Read more

GOP budget estimates off by tens of millions of dollars

State Sen. Dick Cohen, DFL-St. Paul, expressed his extreme distress with the budget being proposed by the Senate State Government Innovations and Veterans Committee. The chair’s recommendations include several proposals that are purported to provide cost-savings; however, these proposals either do not have or do not match the official fiscal analysis. Recently-completed fiscal analysis of […] Read more