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Friday, February 17, 2017

Dear Neighbor,

This week I had the pleasure of meeting with local Farm Bureau members, as well as representatives from the Community of Minnesota Resorts. Thanks for visiting!

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Wadena County Commissioner and BPOU Chair: Sheldon Monson spent time on the House floor this week with Speaker Daudt.

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Last weekend, I visited the Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Centre. Next month, some of my legislative colleagues and I will be touring the facility. This is a powerful place and they do great work for our veterans.

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Ditch Mowing:

Late last fall, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), from the direction of Governor Dayton, issued a statement detailing a new policy requiring a permit for landowners to obtain in order to mow ditches.

This is a large overreach of MnDOT’s authority and it is being addressed. A bill to remedy this issue is currently moving through the committee process in the legislature and I expect it to come before the House of Representatives for a vote of the entire body later in session.

Does State Government Owe You Money?:

Each year, the Minnesota Department of Commerce receives millions of dollars in unclaimed property. The property is turned over to the state by businesses, banks, etc., as they are not able to locate the rightful owner. 

The Department now has a program designed to find missing money and/or financial property and reunite it with the rightful owner. Additionally, there is a bill currently going through the legislative process that would require the Department to more actively seek out the folks that are owed money and/or financial property.

Check out this link to see if Minnesota owes you money.


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