Tim Walz has scheduled yet another public meeting in Southern Minnesota, according to his latest press advisory:
On Tuesday, April 10th, Rep. Tim Walz will host a regional forum about the impact of meth on southern Minnesota. The forum will address the need for all levels of government to work together in combating the production and use of meth and will include speakers from state and local government.
WHAT: Regional Forum on the Impacts of Meth
WHERE: Midwest Wireless Civic Center, Room 243
1 Civic Center Plaza
WHEN: Tuesday, April 10th, 10:00am
The forum is free and open to the public. The forum will include presentations from:
* State Senator Julie Rosen
* Minnesota Gang and Drug Taskforce Coordinator Bob Bushman
* Minnesota Department of Human Services Program & Policy Specialist Jeff Hunsberger
* Minnesota Meth Coordinator Chuck Noerenberg
* Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner
In addition to the meth meeting, Rep. Walz will participate in the following events on April 10th:
8am KDOG Morning Show
Rep. Tim Walz will co-host the 8 o'clock hour of the KDOG morning show with Brad and Sarah. The show broadcasts in the Mankato area on 96.7FM and in western Minnesota on KNSG 94.7FM.
2:00-4:00 New Ulm Farm Bill Meeting
Martin Luther College
Luther Student Center Building Cafeteria
1995 Luther Court
New Ulm, Minnesota
The Rochester Post Bulletin reports on last night's meeting in Austin in Walz gathers input on federal farm bill:
The 40 or so people gathered in the basement of the Elks Lodge in Austin to discuss the farm bill know its importance.
But most people don't, said Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn. Walz is conducting nine farm bill hearings in the 1st District this month to hear from people affected by the bill.
The effect of the farm bill is far-reaching. It funds everything from school lunch programs to filter strips along waterways to rural infrastructure upgrades. The bill is up for reauthorization this year.
"When we create a budget document, we are impacting people's lives in a very real way," Walz said of the work in Congress. The document is a moral document because it reflects the nation's values, he said.
Walz serves on the House Agriculture Committee. Fellow Minnesotan Rep. Collin Peterson is the committee chairman. Peterson has directed committee members to gather input from their constituents through early May in preparation for writing a new farm bill and enacting it by September.
Find out what the farmers told Walz by reading the full PB article.
The Austin Daily Herald reports on Walz's meeting with veterans in During Austin visit, Walz's ‘to do' list gets longer. Many veterans attended and they wanted action:
First District Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., said Wednesday night “a promise raised should be a promise kept.”
America's veterans have heard that before, but Walz brings new hope that he will keep the promises he makes.
After all, he's the highest ranking enlisted man in the U.S. Armed Forces ever to serve in Congress.
And only a year ago today, he was teaching classes at Mankato West High School instead of traveling the 1st Congressional District with an entourage.
Walz spoke to a large crowd of area veterans Wednesday night at the Austin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1216.
Earlier Wednesday in Austin, he discussed a new Farm Bill with area farmers, but the veterans and their spouses gathered at the VFW Hall Wednesday night proved the most demanding.
Learn more about their demands in the Austin Daily Herald. We agree with Representative Walz's conclusion in the article:
One by one, veterans made their demands known of the new congressman, who defeated six-term incumbent Gil Gutknecht last November.
One by one, Walz looked them in the eye and gave them an answer and assigned an aide to “get on this immediately;” a phrase heard repeatedly.
Norm Hecimovich, Walz's veterans affairs liaison in the 1st District, watched and listened and took his own notes of things he could do.
It was a night of requests and demands and the new congressman's own pledge to help in whatever way a retired Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army can in Washington D.C.
“The one constant for all you veterans is that the nation must be there for you,” Walz said.
In other news, the PB reports that Labor board files charges against Holiday Inn Express:
The National Labor Relations Board is taking its dispute with the Holiday Inn Express over the dismissal of 18 hotel workers before an administrative law judge. . . .
. . . The discovery that the 18 workers were out of jobs came four days before Christmas and days after CMPJ, a Texas-based firm, purchased the hotel from its longtime owner, Sunstone Properties. CMPJ Enterprises argues that the transaction with Sunstone was an asset purchase only and that the workers were never the employees of the company in the first place.
According to the complaint, the NLRB alleges that soon after the purchase was made, CMPJ Enterprises, through an agent, "threatened employees by stating that (CMPJ Enterprises) would not retain employees who had been with the union and (CMPJ Enterprise) did not want union employees."
It also states that representatives of CMPJ Enterprises have refused to bargain with or recognize Local 21 since the firm became the owners of the hotel.