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When Gov. Mark Dayton heads out in the early hours of May 13 in hopes of hooking into a big fish, he'll be doing something only a few governors have done before: Marking the opening day of Minnesota's angling season by fishing on a river.
The people living in our community, and all across the state, expect the Legislature to get its work done in the time allotted; the Minnesota House and Senate intend to do that. Over the past two weeks, members of the House and Senate have been working together in conference committees to compromise on the discrepancies between each budget proposal. Unfortunately, initial discussions with the governor have not proved to be productive, so we are now in the process of sending each budget bill to the governor's desk.
My daughters and I participated in the firearm safety program that took place the last few weeks in Red Wing and learned so much. I strongly recommend this program, whether you are planning on hunting or just wanting to be more familiar with firearms. It was a lot of hours, but it was well worth it and never boring. All the instructors were very knowledgeable. I especially liked how much stress was put on the importance of ethics, doing the right thing even when no one is watching — words to live by no matter what we are doing.
The week of May 14 is National Police Week, with May 15 being National Peace Officer's Memorial Day.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to come together, fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Mental illness is a medical condition, but is often surrounded by stigma or stereotypes that prevent people from getting the help they need. One in five adults experiences a mental illness in any given year. Approximately half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14. Unfortunately, long delays — sometimes decades — often occur between the time symptoms first appear and when people get help.
Recently, a series of editorials attacking provisions in the Omnibus Legacy Funding Bill, the House Omnibus Tax Bill and other pending legislation, as anti-environment and anti-Legacy Amendment, have appeared in newspapers across the state. At least one media personality has blasted these provisions on radio. Unfortunately, none of these even acknowledged the concerns of those supporting the unduly maligned efforts intended to protect local government tax base and guard against substantial shifts in tax burdens to the remaining taxpayers.
Come explore the former grounds of the Lutheran Ladies Seminary with the Goodhue County Historical Society for this month's Walk into Local History. The event will feature a 60-minute presentation at the History Center to discuss the seminary, a center of music, culture and higher education in Red Wing until burning down in 1920. Following the presentation will be a 60-90-minute walking tour of the former grounds. The program is led by seminary expert Chaplain Todd Walsh.
Wyoming Machine is making a big difference in Stacy, Minn. The company recently brought home the National Association of Workforce Boards' business leadership award for their work developing the local workforce and economy. In Duluth, thanks to partnerships with local employers, 70 students are graduating Lake Superior College every year with the skills needed to fill high-wage, high-growth jobs around the region.
Some months ago, an unnamed higher-up from Duluth Trading Company noticed a vacancy in the heart of historic downtown Red Wing. Then, he had an idea. Why not bring one of Minnesota's most recognizable brands to one of the state's most historic cities?
American rock band Everclear will bring their 20th anniversary tour, "So Much for the Afterglow" to Treasure Island Resort & Casino on May 26. Vertical Horizon and Fastball will also be joining them for this leg of the tour.