Press Releases

Senator Aric Putnam Wins ‘Service to Agriculture’ Award for Work in 2023 to Enhance Livelihood of Minnesota Farmers and Rural Communities

Senator Recognized at MN Farmers Union 2023 Annual Convention 

St. Paul, MN – Senator Aric Putnam (DFL-St. Cloud) received the 2023 Service to Agriculture Award from the Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) for his work to enhance the livelihood and well-being of family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities across Minnesota.

Senator Mary Kunesh Elected Chair of National Caucus of Native American State Legislators

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Nov. 10, Senator Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton) was elected by her peers to serve as chair of the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators during a NCNASL business meeting held in Denver, Colorado.

The NCNASL consists of 89 members from 21 states. As chair, Senator Kunesh will act as an advisory body for the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Congress of American Indians on issues that affect Native populations.

Speaker Hortman, Majority Leader Dziedzic announce formation of Joint Task Force on Emergency Medical Services

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Today, Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL – Brooklyn Park) and Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL – Minneapolis) announced the formation of a new Joint Task Force on Emergency Medical Services. The panel will be charged with examining new ways the Legislature can strengthen the lifesaving services EMS personnel provide in communities across the state.

Senator Mary Kunesh Touts Wins for Minnesota Farmers during President Biden’s Northfield Farm Visit

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Senator Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton) joined President Joe Biden during his visit to a family farm near Northfield on Nov. 1. Along with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and other federal officials, they spoke with farmers and local leaders to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing farmers in Minnesota.

Senator Mary Kunesh Urges Ceasefire, Humanitarian Aid in Israel-Palestine Conflict

The past week of watching and listening to the horror of what has occurred in Israel and Palestine has left another hole in my heart and a knot in my stomach. As a Minnesota State Senator, I join my federal legislators in sending an imperative message to President Biden to act immediately, using all the means at his disposal to bring about a diplomatic solution to the present crisis. This means an immediate ceasefire along with the unconditional restoration of food, water, electricity, and medical care to the entire Gaza Strip. It also means the unconditional release of all hostages.