Sen. Sparks: Mayo decision to reduce options in Albert Lea is incredibly disappointing

It is incredibly disappointing when the legislature unites to invest $424 million in the Destination Medical Center in Rochester and then Mayo reduces services in other parts of their service area. I voted for the DMC funding and was very frustrated when the consolidation was announced. I did not expect expansion in Rochester and service reduction in Albert Lea. The DMC was advertised as good for the entire region – the decision to reduce services in Albert Lea appears like Mayo is going back on its word.

Sen. Jim Carlson and Rep. Sandra Masin to host Healthcare Town Hall

ST. PAUL, MN – Sen. Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan) and Rep. Sandra Masin (DFL-Eagan) will host a town hall listening session in April dedicated to healthcare. The meeting will give Senate District 51 residents an opportunity to meet with their elected officials and discuss legislation and issues they’d like to see addressed, with a special focus on the challenges facing Minnesota’s healthcare system. Sen. John Marty (DFL-Roseville) will be the event’s special guest speaker. Sen. Marty is the author of the Minnesota Health Plan and an expert on legislative healthcare issues.

The town hall details are as follows:

Saturday, April 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Metcalf Middle School, Cafeteria (2250 Diffley Road, Burnsville)

Those unable to attend but interested in contacting their senator can reach Sen. Carlson at, or by calling his office at (651) 297-8073.

Doctors, nurses and DFL legislators offer positive health care solution: Universal healthcare needs to be part of the Minnesota legislative debate


ST. PAUL, Minn – At a time of rapid change at the federal and state level, where Republicans are proposing major cuts in health care coverage, Minnesota doctors, nurses and DFL legislators offer a different approach. Chief authors of the Minnesota Health Plan, Sen. John Marty (DFL-Roseville) and Rep. David Bly (DFL-Northfield) are holding a press conference on Thursday morning to offer their proposal, alongside fellow House and Senate co-authors (2/3 of all DFL legislators have signed on as co-authors) as well as nurses, doctors, and several advocacy organizations that support the bill.

WHO: Speakers include: Sen. John Marty, Rep. David Bly, Rose Roach with the Minnesota Nurses Association, Chris Reif, a University of Minnesota physician, representatives from Take Action and the Land Stewardship Project as well as a small business owner.

WHAT: Discussing Minnesota’s health care crisis and new legislation to overhaul and fix the system

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 2 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Minnesota Capitol; Room B971.