Lourey to host round table in Duluth to discuss regional health care needs

Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) will be joined by regional health care leaders Monday, including Essentia Health CEO David C. Herman, M.D., to discuss the current state of health care in Minnesota and meaningful ways to move Minnesota’s health care system forward.

Sen. Tony Lourey is the former chair of the Health and Human Services Finance Committee in the Minnesota Senate. He currently serves as Ranking Member of the Health and Human Services Policy and Finance Committee in the Minnesota Senate.

The Health Care Round Table tour will visit 10 Minnesota cities in the coming weeks. Each event will feature Sen. Tony Lourey and regional health care leaders in an open discussion of their views and experiences of the health care in Minnesota.

The press and public are welcome to attend this event.

Duluth Roundtable

8:00 a.m. Monday September 25

Duluth City Hall Room 303

411 W 1st St.

 

Participants: Sen. Tony Lourey,

Essentia Health Chief Executive Officer David C. Herman, M.D.,

University of Minnesota Duluth Associate Director for Rural Physician Associate Program Ray Christensen, M.D.,

Carlton County Public Health and Human Services Director Dave Lee,

Human Development Project Executive Director Jim Getchell

Lake Superior Community Health Center CEO Dayle Patterson, and

St Louis County Commissioner Beth Olson

Sen. Simonson and Duluth elementary class to tour National Guard-run STARBASE

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The job growth rate for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)-related careers is growing at a faster pace than most other careers in the U.S. It’ why STEM classes are championed in our public schools – and why Sen. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) is planning to attend a tour next week of STARBASE, a program designed to educate and inspire youth in STEM, funded by the Department of Defense and the Minnesota National Guard.

Sen. Simonson will be joined by other Duluth-area leaders as well as students and teachers from Lowell Elementary. Students will be participating in Mars Rover Programming where they use an engineering design process to design an autonomous programming solution using EV3 software to clear rocks and debris from Mars surface.

Simonson is authoring a bill to help fund STARBASE’s expansion into Duluth. Part of the request would help fund programming for students in grades 4-6.

STARBASE has several locations throughout the state and is planning to open a Duluth location on the 148th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard. Duluth students will learn scientific and engineering concepts integrated with math and technology – and will be able to transform concepts and ideas to physical applications. They will also explore careers and interact with members of the Minnesota Air National Guard and local scientists and engineers to see firsthand how STEM skills are used in the modern workplace.

Tour details are as follows:

  • Friday, March 24 from 10:15-11:00 a.m.
  • 148th Fighter Wing of the Minnesota National Guard. (4680 Viper St, Duluth, MN 55811)
Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Minnesota Navy Reserves, March 3, 2015.

Senator Roger Reinert will not seek re-election in 2016 

After serving nearly 15 years in public office, Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) announced today he will not run for re-election in 2016. Reinert said the time was right to step away. “2015 was amazing. I finished my first year of law school, was promoted to Lt. Commander in the Navy, and most importantly – got married. 2016 is the right time for the next chapter of life.”