I attended the last performance of South Pacific at Eagan High School this evening. This is one of my favorite musicals. I was impressed with the creativity and the talent of this production.
We are so fortunate to have this caliber of entertainment in our community.
Thanks to all who came to the Town Hall today.
We covered a number of topics that included education, health care, climate change, and the elimination of the tax on social security.
On Thursday , I attended the School District 196 PreLegislative Session Forum at Echo Park Elementary School. The focus was on literacy. It was impressive to see how many different programs are available to help students learn. We had the opportunity to see students engaged in some of the programs.
Afterwards, we discussed some of their priorities for the upcoming session.
The House Transportation Committee did a tour of some of the north metro communities today, that included Ramsey, Fridley, New Brighton, and Blaine. Highways that need improvements are 10, 47, and 65. They have a high number of accidents, with significant fatality rates.
On Tuesday, I went on a tour of some of the construction sites for the Southwest Light Rail project. We started at the Southwest Bus Station and went along the line to the end in Minneapolis near Target Field. I was told there are fifteen construction sites currently and they are using about thirty cranes.
Of particular interest in the equipment being used for digging near the buildings in Minneapolis that were the topic of many meetings because the underground wall was going to be so close to the buildings. A special piece of equipment was brought in from Japan to use in this area. With this equipment, there is literally no noise or feeling of ground movement even when you stand fairly close. You can see the blades moving and the dirt accumulating at the top of the hole, but that is all. My understanding is that this is the first time this equipment has been used in Minnesota.
In addition to the construction jobs being created by the Southwest LRT project, one of the major outcomes at the end of the project will be better access to nine of the region’s 17 Fortune 500 companies that are headquartered along the route. It will also provide service to all the region’s sport venues. This project is an example of major partnerships, both public and private.
Representative Diane Loeffler died on Saturday. She was elected in 2004 and and has represented District 60A in Minneapolis. She was chairing the Property and Local Tax Division this session. Diane was extremely knowledgeable in numerous areas and was always willing to help when needed. She worked so hard for the people in her district and the people of Minnesota. She will be greatly missed.
I visited the Family Justice Center in Minneapolis yesterday. That is quite a resource. I viewed several court hearings as well as talked to several judges, court staff, and others involved in the process. I also obtained information on the Family Court Services. My main objective was to see how the custody process is working.
Yesterday, I attended the Celebration of Jerri Neddermeyer as the recipient of Eagan Foundation ‘s 2019 Extraordinary Board Member Award. Jerri is incredibly active in the art world. She is truly deserving of such recognition and we are so fortunate to have her in our community.
On October 1, a program was held at Easter Lutheran Church to discuss youth experiencing homelessness in Dakota County. Heading Home Dakota is working on a host program as an an efficient and safe way to provide shelter for young adults, mainly ages 18-24, in our community. There is a shortage of of shelters in Dakota County, especially for our youth.
The Host Home would provide a furnished separate bedroom or space with privacy for the young person and food during the stay. The length of time might vary, but it typically would be short term. The Host Home would provide a safe and supportive place to stay while the youth is working on goals and securing housing.
Volunteers would be needed to help support the Host Homes in various ways, such as food/meals, gift cards for the young person, transportation, etc.
For further information on the Host Home Action team, contact Rebecca Bowers, Dakota County Resource Developer, at Rebecca.Bowers@co.dakota.mn.us or (651) 554-6029.
On September 12, there was a celebration to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Access to Democracy, a program on Eagan-TV started by Alan Miller. First, there was a taping of the 20th Anniversary Special that was hosted by Don Shelby.
Afterwards, there was a reception in which there were lots of congratulations to Alan Miller. Then Alan and Sharon Miller presented certificates and mugs to the volunteers, ETV staff, sponsors, and others who had participated in the program over the years. This is quite a record for local programming and our community has benefited from having access to this information. We are very fortunate to have people in our community who are willing to make this type of programming happen.