Tuesday. August 11, was Primary Election Day. This year, there seemed to be quite a number of primary contests, including mine in District 51A. Despite all the changes and challenges this year, many people did make it a point to vote. Since many people said they were using the absentee ballot, the question was how many people would actually show up at the polls. In the end, it seemed to be a slow day at the polls.
I want to extend my appreciation to everyone who participated in the Primary Election. It is very encouraging to see so many people vote even with all the difficulties presented by COVID. A special thanks to those who voted for me. I am deeply honored and am looking forward to proceeding to the General Election in November.
It is 3:00 in the morning and we are still waiting to see if we will be able to get a Police Accountability Bill or a Bonding Bill to the Governor before we leave. The fact that there is negotiating going on is encouraging.
The Department of Public Safety is asking all local communities to NOT be in the streets tonight, for any reason.
- The coordinated National Guard, State Patrol, and Law enforcement presence continues to grow.
- This response is to address a sophisticated network of urban warfare. We expect the individuals involved to use deadly force – both with fires and other weapons.
- A primary tactic they have used is to locate civilians and use them as both shields from law enforcement and distractions to effective response.
- YOU MUST STAY IN PLACE. Don”t be out walking, do not drive your car unless is it an emergency situation.
- We cannot have innocent people caught up in the sweep of those inflicting violence and danger on our communities.
- These people are sophisticated and coordinated and we need to allow our law enforcement to focus response and resources on the legitimate threats attacking our communities.
- Just because you don’t see the coordinated response – such as National Guard soldiers, know that they are out in the community. DO NOT ASSUME THAT YOU ARE NOT BEING SEEN BY THEM. Our response teams have airborne surveillance. If you are out patrolling the street, our response teams cannot know if you are there to do damage or to protect and will divert resources to find out.
- If you are out, you are making the response operation more difficult. You are taking resources and attention away from effectively responding to threats.
- Protecting and keeping watch from safe, non-mobile locations is fine.
Dakota County is under curfew.
Please stay home, please stay safe.
What started out as peaceful protests against the death of George Floyd while he was in police custody has been overtaken by other groups who are intent on destroying neighborhoods and communities.
Governor Walz ,other elected officials, community leaders, and religious leaders held a press conference this afternoon requesting everyone to please observe the 8:00 curfew tonight.
There will be a larger number of law enforcement out tonight to work on restoring order. We need to give them the time and space to do that. We are told that some of the groups are organized and their intent is to attack civic institutions. If citizens stay home and stay safe, the destructive elements will have more difficulty melting in . Many of the lawless element are not from Minnesota. Please give the National Guard and other law enforcement groups the opportunity to do their job to restore order and bring peace.
The Department of Public Safety is asking local communities to NOT be on the streets tonight for any reason.
It has been advised that it is best to call 911 to report incidents.
Minnesota House members are working on changing laws to address injustices.
Please stay home tonight and stay safe.
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.