Frentz’s tractor safety bill passes out of committee

A bill authored by Sen. Nick Frentz (DFL-N. Mankato) and Rep. Clark Johnson (DFL-N. Mankato) that would make rollover protection kits more affordable for school farming programs passed with unanimous, bipartisan support in the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Committee. Rollover protection kits include a roll bar and a safety belt, which are 99 percent effective in preventing death or serious injury in rollover accidents.

Progress for Northwest Minnesota

2015 Legislative Session included big wins for education, workforce housing & bonding When the 2015 Legislative Session began back in January of this year, I had several priorities in mind focused on the needs of Northwest Minnesota. To begin with, several things needed to change in order to help struggling, small rural schools receive additional […] Read more

Minnesota Senate advances concrete plans to help rural Minnesota

Several initiatives advanced by the Senate DFL are directly addressing problems and concerns in rural Minnesota. When it comes to investing in and building rural Minnesota, it is the Senate DFL that is delivering by investing in rural schools, rural workforce housing, rural workforce development, and agricultural property tax relief. This is in sharp contrast […] Read more

Senate Environment and Jobs Bill Represents Big Wins for Greater Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Senate Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Omnibus Bill continues this session’s trend of placing greater emphasis on jobs and economic development in rural parts of the state. The bill passed the Senate Floor on a 37 to 22 vote on Wednesday. Sen. David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) carried the bill as Chair […] Read more

Senate E-12 Finance Bill Includes Big Wins for Rural Schools

ST. PAUL, MINN – Thursday afternoon the Senate E-12 Budget Division passed its $16.88 billion Omnibus Finance Bill, an increase of $361.5 million over the previous biennium. While a 1 percent funding formula increase, significant investment in school readiness and school facilities funding accounts for the majority of the increase, several bills that help school […] Read more