Governor Walz joins Senator Hauschild in Hoyt Lakes to Sign Hauschild’s EMS Legislation

Sen. Hauschild also joins Gov. Walz at ribbon-cutting for the opening of the new DR-Grade Pellet Facility in Keewatin

[Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota] – State Senator Grant Hauschild (DFL-Hermantown) joined legislators and local officials as Governor Walz signed the emergency EMS aid package HF 4738 into law, including $30 million in funding which was secured by Sen. Hauschild and passed unanimously by the Senate. 

“The challenges facing Minnesota’s EMS is life or death for people living in rural communities, and we needed to take immediate action this year to address this crisis,” said Sen. Hauschild. “This package delivers aid that can help right now, and these policy changes will help stabilize EMS in the long-term. There is still more we can do to address the EMS challenges in rural Minnesota but this is a huge step in the right direction.” 

HF 4738 included $30 million in new funding, with $24 million going to EMS aid and $6 million for a new Sprint Medic Pilot Program which will operate on the Iron Range. The bill also includes policy changes reforming EMS regulatory oversight in the state and will help address workforce challenges.

This bill signing comes after Senator Hauschild called for the creation of a Statewide EMS Taskforce in 2023 which helped a bipartisan group of legislators hear from EMS stakeholders and concerned community members across Minnesota about the challenges facing the EMS system in rural communities. The EMS Taskforce led to the bipartisan legislation signed at today’s event. 

Earlier in the day, Sen. Hauschild also joined Gov. Walz at the opening of the new Keewatin Keetac DR Grade facility. The facility is the result of a $150 million investment from U.S. Steel one of the largest Minnesota taconite projects in recent history.

“The investment by U.S. Steel in this new DR-Grade Pellet Plant are a firm commitment to a domestic supply of American Steel from right here on the Iron Range” said Sen. Grant Hauschild. “This is exactly the kind of industry innovation we need to continue to see on the Iron Range and I’m proud to help celebrate it alongside the many leaders that made it possible.” 

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Senator Grant Hauschild represents Senate District 3 – the Arrowhead, Iron Range, and Northland. He is vice chair of the Labor Committee, and serves on the Education Policy Committee, Environment, Climate, and Legacy Committee, and Taxes Committee.

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