As a Minnesota Farmers Union member, we receive the weekly email Notes from MFU Director of Government Relations Thom Petersen. This week's note included the following news:
D.C. Changes for Walz
Jeremy Bratt has announced that he has
left Congressman Walz’s office to take a senior professional staff
position on the House Agriculture Committee. Bratt added that he
“greatly enjoyed the opportunity to work for Congressman Walz and my
home district for the last two years and I am looking forward to the
opportunity to continue working for Minnesota from my new position on
the Agriculture Committee with Chairman Peterson”. Chris Schmitter, who
has been with Congressman Walz for several years, will be serving as
the Congressman’s new Legislative Director.
Congratulations to both Jeremy and Chris. Petersen closed his email with a mention of this worthy cause that we want to pass along to our readers:
I never do this, but….
Maybe nothing to do with agriculture, but I had to write this after hearing about it yesterday in committee. As an agriculture lobbyist, I sit through some veterans issues due to the fact that in the legislature the veterans and ag committees are combined. Yesterday I saw a heartwarming presentation by Operation Happy Note, which is a volunteer effort to send musical instruments to deployed service men and women throughout the world. Steve and Barb Baker from Fergus Falls, MN, who run Fergus Music and started Operation Happy Note in March 2005 after their son was deployed to Iraq. They sent him a guitar and one to his friend, too. These soldiers were so pleased to have instruments while deployed that they found a way to get more instruments to our troops hence: Operation Happy Note. Check it out: http://www.operationhappynote.com/