Senator Kent Eken Invites Minnesotans to Attend Upcoming Moorhead Town Hall Meeting

St. Paul, Minn. – Senator Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley) today invited Minnesotans to attend the Moorhead town hall meeting being held the week after Easter. This is an opportunity for you to meet your elected officials, ask questions, and make comments.


Thursday, April 5 (with Representatives Ben Lien and Marquart)

6:30 p.m. at Moorhead Public Library (Hosted by League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Moorhead. Broadcast partner: Moorhead Community Access Media)

Eken and Lien announce legislative listening sessions across district

ST. PAUL, MN – Sen. Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley), Rep. Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth) and Rep. Ben Lien (DFL-Moorhead) will be participating in several listening sessions next week to discuss the ongoing 2017 legislative session. The meetings will give Senate District 4 residents an opportunity to meet with their legislators and discuss any legislation or issues they’d like to see addressed this session.

The listening session details are as follows:

Monday, April 10 – with Rep. Paul Marquart

8:00 a.m. – Halstad Telephone Company Community Room – Halstad, MN

9:30 a.m. – Ada City Hall – Ada, MN

11:00 a.m. – Twin Valley Community Center – Twin Valley, MN

12:30 p.m. – Hitterdal City Hall – Hitterdal, MN

2:00 p.m. – Dilworth City Hall – Dilworth, MN

4:00 p.m. – Barnesville City Hall – Barnesville, MN

5:30 p.m. – Hawley City Hall – Hawley, MN

7:00 p.m. – Ecumen’s Forest Conference Center – Detroit Lakes, MN – Legislative Town Hall hosted by the Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters


Wednesday, April 12 – with Rep. Ben Lien and Rep. Paul Marquart

7:00 a.m. – Moorhead Public Library – Moorhead, MN – MN Legislative Update hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley


To those who are unable to attend, but are interested in contacting their senator, Sen. Eken can be reached at, or by calling his office at (651) 296-3205.

Minnesota Secure Choice Retirement Act

ST. PAUL, MN – Sen. Sandy Pappas (DFL-St. Paul), Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn (DFL-Roseville), businesses owners, representatives from AARP and SEIU, along with numerous stakeholders are participating in a press conference on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to highlight important legislation to address Minnesota’s retirement savings crisis.


What:  Press conference on the Minnesota Secure Choice Retirement Act S.F. 2303/H.F. 2570. Senate authors: Pappas, Abeler, Eaton, Rosen. House authors: Becker-Finn, Thissen, Bernardy, Metsa, Freiberg, Maye Quade, Lien.

Why:  Many Minnesotans do not feel financially prepared for retirement. More than one-third of Minnesotans feel they are behind schedule for planning and saving for retirement. Half of respondents feel anxious about having enough money for retirement and 84 percent wish they had more money saved for retirement. Almost 79 percent of those not offered a retirement savings plan at work would take advantage of a way to save for retirement at work if offered.

Who:  Sen. Sandy Pappas, Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn, Andy Papacosta, a representative of Gandhi Mahal restaurant in Minneapolis, Jon Pratt, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Elia Starkweather, a janitor and member of SEIU Local 26, and other community members experiencing retirement insecurity.

When:  Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 10:00 am

Where: Minnesota State Capitol Press Room, B971 Capitol