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Legislative Update from Rep. Jeff Brand

Friday, October 13, 2023

Friends and neighbors, 

I hope the beginning of fall is treating you well! As the school year is ramping up, the leaves show beautiful colors, and temperatures start to bring us crisp autumn nights, I’m incredibly grateful to be able to call this beautiful corner of the world home.  

With autumn comes a great deal of change. In a way, it truly does feel like the start of a fresh year as things come back from summer hiatus and nature around us prepares for winter. Our community is also going through some changes, so I’m writing to provide some updates on key issues in the district.  

Alumacraft layoff assistance

Recently, news broke that the St. Peter Alumacraft plant would be laying off 68 employees, eliminating the overnight shift due to decreased supply demands. My condolences go out to all the families in our community who have been affected by these layoffs.  

During this time of turbulence for those affected, I want to make sure food stays on the table and families are able to keep a safe and warm roof over their heads. Affected workers are eligible to receive unemployment benefits, and my office is ready to offer assistance for anyone who is having trouble filing for or claiming these benefits.  

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance accessing these funds, please reach out to me at and I will personally do whatever I can to help.  


School Resource Officers Update

The St. Clair School District recently announced they will be reinstating the school resource officer program and worked with the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office to do so. Additionally, SRO’s headed back to school in North Mankato this week.  

A few weeks ago, a group of legislators from Greater Minnesota, including myself, met with the Governor to encourage action on the issue to ensure our kids have an extra layer of safety in our schools. The Attorney General’s office as well as the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association have concluded that school resource officers will be able to continue their duties as normal to keep our kids safe. I want to thank my colleagues who took our concerns seriously, the Attorney General’s office for helping clear a legal pathway to a solution, and our school resource officers for their commitment to protecting our most valuable asset – our kids. 


Taylor Farm Unveiling at the Children’s Museum

Taylor Farm is now open at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota! Growing up, agriculture left an indelible mark on my life - and I still work in the field of work when not at the legislature. It was exciting to see all the children enjoying the new features of the hands-on agriculture experience thanks to a generous donation by Glen Taylor. Thanks to the museum for having me at the ribbon cutting.  

taylor farms


The End of Construction Season

I'm incredibly excited to say that Hwy 22 south of St. Peter is officially open! Construction on the intersection improvement project included adding a second left turn lane on southbound Hwy 169 at the intersection with Hwy 22 to create a dual turn lane. As I drove through it the other day, I definitely took a moment to appreciate that it is complete and that the intersection in question appears much safer also! 

MnDOT would like to thank residents, businesses, and motorists for their patience during construction. 


Investing in Community Infrastructure

This week, the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee toured Southwest and Central Minnesota, visiting sites and hearing presentations on proposed projects for potential inclusion in the 2024 Capital Investment Bill. Among stops on the tour were Caswell Park, the Minnesota River State Trail, MSU Mankato, and South Central College.  

Our region of the state is prime for more state investment - whether it’s in recreation opportunities at Caswell Park or the Minnesota River State Trail or in advancing campus educational opportunities at MSU Mankato or South Central College, there is no doubt that people want to live and work here. These investments will no doubt improve quality of life for our residents and attract more working families to our area. 



Drivers Licenses for All

As of October 1st, all Minnesota residents are eligible to earn a Driver’s License, regardless of immigration or citizenship status. This is a major move towards safer roads, as it will allow us to decrease the number of unlicensed, uninsured drivers on our roads and increase the amount of title and taxpaying Minnesotans driving on our streets and highways.  



David Zwick Impact Award from Clean Water Action Minnesota

I was humbled and honored by Clean Water Action Minnesota with the David Zwick Impact Award in Minneapolis last weekend.  

This one is for everyone that worked so hard to pass the strongest set of #PFAS regulations in the world here in Minnesota, to protect us and future generations against these insidious forever chemicals. The work we did this year is a great example of what can happen when a group of passionate people come together with a common goal: change. Because of the work we did together, we have created a better future for Minnesota. 



Stay in Touch 

As always, I want to hear from you. Get in touch by calling 651-296-8634 to reach me, or email Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for the latest.  

Stay warm out there.  


In solidarity,  

Representative Jeff Brand 

Minnesota House of Representatives