DNR: Play it safe as early boating season gets under way

Many lakes and rivers throughout Minnesota are now ice-free, and those where ice remains likely will be open in the near future. People are understandably eager to hit the water, but it remains dangerously cold. That means it’s vital for people to exercise extreme caution whenever they’re on or around the water. Each year, about…

Governor Walz has proclaimed April ‘Month of the Military Child’

“By recognizing Military Child Month, we pay tribute to military children for their commitment, sacrifice, and unconditional support for our troops,” according to the proclamation. It is estimated that more than 23,000 children in Minnesota have at least one parent or guardian currently serving on military duty. Today, nearly 2,000 Minnesota National Guard members are…

Landowner enrollment set to begin for Walk-In Access program

Sign-ups are March 15-May 14, at local soil and water conservation district offices Enrollment opened Monday, March 15, for Minnesota’s Walk-In Access program, which pays private landowners to allow public hunting on their land. This year, landowners can receive $18 per acre enrolled. And the program is expanding to include more counties. “We’re excited to…

Hello, District 13! (March 26, 2021)

Monday was National Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Monday was National Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day. Everyday is an opportunity to honor all Vietnam veterans who served, and to recognize the families that stood alongside them. There is a very recent, interesting You Tube video where Gary Guggenberger of Cold Spring and the Class of 1965; talks…

DNR seeking public comment on proposed waterfowl regulations through April 11

People have through Sunday, April 11, to submit comments on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ proposed waterfowl hunting regulations and seasons. Comments may be submitted by completing an online comment form  through Sunday, April 11. The DNR is proposing the following regulatory changes and seasons: • Increasing the Canada goose bag limit to five…

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid awarded Older Americans Act funds

Provides legal services for seniors The St. Cloud office of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid has received a grant of Older Americans funds from the Central Minnesota Council on Aging to provide legal services for seniors residing in Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Wright Counties. The…

Let elected officials do their jobs

Elected officials represent us and should have the power to change laws, not political appointees and bureaucrats. Their job is to provide data and recommendations to legislators and school boards. Currently, non-elected bureaucrats and appointed boards bypass elected legislators and impose regulations, rules, and standards with the force of law. Just a few examples. While…

Property owners receiving tax statements

Property Tax Statements are in the mail. If you signed up for electronic statements, they were emailed Tuesday, March 16. The first half of the 2021 property tax is due May 17, 2021. Residents and business owners are encouraged to pay property taxes on time, as these funds are used and depended on by your…

Hello, District 13! (March 12, 2021)

Community conversation with District 13 Team Please join Senator Howe, Rep. Demuth, and Rep. Tim O’Driscoll from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Friday, March 19, for a community conversation. Register in advance for this meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcuivqTkvHdJLbaIuhhB5wtMUPBMgHTTo. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Budget work Formal budget work is just…

Klobuchar, Hoeven introduce bipartisan legislation to protect families from carbon monoxide poisoning

The Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act would encourage tougher standards for carbon monoxide detectors The senators also urged the CPSC to better protect American families from carbon monoxide poisoning U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Hoeven (R- ND) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help prevent carbon monoxide (CO) related deaths…

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