Minnesotans Need the Legislature to Compromise

As you know, the Legislature’s time to balance the states budget has passed, sending Minnesota into an unfortunate shutdown. I am deeply disappointed that we have had to go into a shutdown and regret that top leadership hasn’t been able to agree on a resolution. Although I am frustrated by the current situation, but I […] Read more

Due to the Shutdown, Sen. Sheran Won’t Accept Salary

State Sen. Kathy Sheran today announced that because of the government shutdown beginning July 1, she will not be accepting her Senate salary. There is a stalemate between GOP legislative leaders and the Governor over how to solve a $5 billion state budget deficit. With no agreement reached by June 30, the state has shut […] Read more

Celebrate your Independence

The Fourth of July is here, and it is time to celebrate and reflect on what makes our country great. From grilling and enjoying the beach to camping and taking in a spectacular fireworks show, Americans celebrate Independence Day in many different ways. No matter how you celebrate, make sure your American spirit shines. Dwight […] Read more

Quality Education for All Minnesota Students

Minnesota has long been a national leader in educational quality and reform. We have the highest ACT test scores in the country. We rank third nationally in high school graduation rates. We lead the nation in public school choice by passing the first ever charter school legislation back in 1991. We have done this through […] Read more

Enjoy our Great Trails!

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” ~John Muir We have the best area trails in America! I hope you are able to make time to enjoy the beauty of our wonderful local, regional and state trails. […] Read more

Goodwin: Ethics hearing shouldn’t distract from devastating cuts to mental health

State Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, thanked the members of the Senate Ethics Committee for their deliberations today regarding the complaint by Sen. Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope, against Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas. Goodwin said she hopes this will be a teachable moment on the importance of both ethical conduct and preserving and protecting the mental […] Read more