Congrats to the Pierz Pioneers wrestling team for their third-place finish at state last week! Great job, guys! And a shout out to the Long Prairie boys and girls basketball teams for their successful season. The #5 ranked boys team lost to Sauk Centre in the postseason and the girls ended the season on a high note of four straight wins.
As always, good luck to our other local teams competing in their end-of-the-year tournaments. Make us proud!
The legislative session starts in just a couple days, and I wanted you to be aware of some of the things I plan to advocate for in 2016.
Roads and Bridges
Greater Minnesota’s economic growth depends on safe roads and bridges. I am committed to passing an infrastructure bill that maintains and repairs our roads and bridges. I believe we can put together a robust roads and bridges bill that leverages our state surplus money and general obligation bonds without raising our gas tax.
Child Protection & Excellence in Education
As the co-chair of the Legislative Task Force on Child Protection, I’ve been working to reform Minnesota’s child protection laws to prevent children from slipping through the cracks in our system. This issue transcends political parties, and is something where both Republicans and Democrats can find agreement. By helping these children reach their full potential, we ensure their academic success and build a better future.
Another issue that has seen bipartisan support is the need for increased broadband funding in our rural, underserved areas around the state. Our students, local governments, and small businesses need high-speed internet to keep pace with the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.
Fish Fry Friday
As customary during Lent, we gather on Fridays for fish and conversation.
March 4, 2016
Pierz Lions at the Backyard in Pierz
March 18, 2016
St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Upsala
Enjoy your weekend, and stay safe getting your ice house off the lake.