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Capitol Newsletter from Rep. Spencer Igo

Friday, March 12, 2021

Dear Neighbors,

It’s been a busy week in St. Paul as first committee deadlines are tonight. It looks like warm temps and sunshine will return to the Northland tomorrow! I hope you can get outside and enjoy the nice weather.

Mining our Future

On Monday, I introduced a House Resolution that affirms the Minnesota House of Representatives’ commitment to encouraging Minnesota’s technology and medical companies to utilize Minnesota-mined minerals when manufacturing products.

As lawmakers and leaders in the Northland, we are obligated to support our communities by making sure that the world of tomorrow is built with iron, copper, nickel, and other critical minerals that are beneath our feet.

Minnesota has high environmental standards that ensure we can mine minerals morally, responsibly, and positively.

It makes no sense to outsource the excavation of these resources to rival nations that have zero environmental or labor standards when we can mine safely here at home. Mining in Minnesota adds value to our Northland communities with family-wage jobs and infrastructure in addition to providing countless other benefits to our state.

Let’s stand up, make our voices heard, and do the right thing by mining the minerals for the world of tomorrow in the Northland and bring our best days to reality.

Click here or the photo below to watch a video I recorded explaining the resolution.


Getting Fans Back in the Stands

I joined a group of lawmakers in sending a letter to Gov. Walz on Wednesday urging the Governor to expand spectator capacity limits at upcoming Minnesota State High School League tournaments.

It is encouraging to read media reports that Gov. Walz is likely to allow a limited number of fans at Target Field for Twins games next month. With that news and indications that other states around the nation are allowing fans to return to stadiums, it makes sense for Minnesota to pursue this. For many student athletes, qualifying for the state tournament is a crowning achievement and they should not be forced to pick and choose which family members can attend games.

Case counts are dropping, vaccinations are rising, and life is starting to return to normal. Making this small adjustment will make a big difference for students and families across the state and is a step in the right direction.

Click here or the photo below to watch a video I recorded talking about the importance of this issue.


I anticipate there may be some news on this topic and other reopenings from Gov. Walz later today. Stay tuned for more information on this.

Staying in Touch

Please do not hesitate to contact me. As your representative, it is my duty to listen to your thoughts, questions, and concerns regarding state government. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4936 or via email at

Have a great day,