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Friday, May 7, 2021

Dear Neighbors,

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! We are so appreciative of the indispensable role you play in the lives of your families. I’d like to wish a special Mother’s Day to my mom, Edna Mae. I love you to pieces! 

Governor Dials Back COVID-19 Restrictions

On Thursday, Governor Walz announced rollbacks of his COVID-19 restrictions including ending the statewide mask mandate no later than July 1st and eliminating indoor capacity limits on May 28th. Despite the move to roll back restrictions, the governor is keeping his emergency powers.

The text from his latest executive order detailing the changes can be found here.

For more than a year, I have been working with the hospitality industry to try and engage the Governor’s office on a roadmap to safely reopen Minnesota.

Time and time again, our efforts fell on deaf ears.

Finally, the Governor seems to be listening — at least to the large venues and sports teams — but it's too little too late for many businesses who have been asking for certainty and a seat at the table for months.

We don't need the emergency powers, and we don't need to be micromanaging Minnesotans. Leadership matters and real leaders listen to stakeholders and determine the best path forward—together. On this leadership test, the Governor has failed.

Staying in Touch

Please do not hesitate to contact me with your ideas and suggestions. I can be reached at or you can call 651-296-6206.

All the best,