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David Bly, We All Do Better
Member of Minnesota House of Representatives District 20B
Updated: 1 hour 11 min ago
Thanksgiving marks a time of the year when we get together with family, friends and those we love to share a meal and celebrate everything we’re grateful for. It’s also a time when we reflect on how the last year has treated us and what we can do to give back to the people of our community.
In a time when the challenges we face locally and abroad cause us to fear each other, it’s important to remember the goodness in people and be thankful for those moments of kindness and love we see in each other when tragedies occur. While we must not ignore the darkness and danger that exists, it is through our reaching out to each other, beyond our fears, where we find peace and understanding.
Minnesota had only been a state for 5 years, with our sons and daughters sacrificing in the Civil War, when President Lincoln proclaimed the first Thanksgiving. Since then, through both prosperous and challenging times, our state and nation have always found time to mark this day and give thanks.
This year I’m especially thankful for my family, my friends, and every day I have that’s full of those I love and care about. I’m thankful for the things Minnesota excels at and the opportunities we have for improvement, from our wonderful outdoors and recreational opportunities, to our education system, transportation infrastructure, and services that help those most in need. I’m grateful to the people who get up each and every day to serve our community, from those who keep us safe, to those who educate us, and those that provide vital services we often overlook. I’m also deeply grateful for the trust you’ve placed in me to represent you and the issues you care about at the State Capitol.
Minnesota’s nation-leading turkey industry took a big hit with the H5N1 Avian Influenza this year. Thankfully, things are getting better, but there are still risks of a recurrence hitting our turkey producers. Please support our turkey producers and as you give thanks this year, think of the hardships many of them have gone through to provide you with this meal.
Also, if you’re planning to do any bargain hunting or post-Thanksgiving shopping, please consider taking part in “Small Business Saturday,” on Saturday, November 28th. Shopping locally and at small businesses is a huge boost to our economy. Money spent at small businesses, on products made locally, or even on a meal from a local restaurant, stays in our economy longer and is a bigger boost to Minnesota than dollars spent elsewhere.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas on issues you’re having or those you would like to see addressed at the Capitol. Please don’t hesitate to contact me by responding by email or calling my office.
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I hope the fall has been treating you well. For those of you with children, I hope the kids are back into full swing at school and you’re ready for parent teacher conferences.
Education Policy Next Week
Next week I’ll be attending a joint meeting of the House and Senate education committees to discuss changes in teacher licensure. If you have any questions you would like asked, please let me know.
50 Years Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Secretary of State Steve Simon is spending the year encouraging all eligible Minnesotans who are not yet registered to vote to visit www.mnvotes.org and register. If you are already registered to vote, you can confirm your voter registration information is up to date, and encourage your friends, family and co-workers to do the same.
Voting is a crucial part of a keeping our democracy strong and our community engaged. I know many of you are actively engaged in the electoral process, but this is also an important reminder to talk to your friends, family members, and neighbors about registering to vote.
I often hear about automatic voter registration. What do you think about automatic voter registration, for example when you renew your driver’s license?
House High School Page Program
Modeled after the United States Congress Page Program, the Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program was established in 1975. Today, the program remains dedicated to providing students with meaningful opportunities and has evolved into one of the top page programs in the nation.
Throughout the course of their week in Saint Paul, High School Page Program participants are exposed to a wide variety of experiences, designed to provide them with a deep understanding of our state government.
The Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program is open to all Minnesota high school students in their JUNIOR year. Program participants are selected in the fall of each year based on a formal process which includes an application, faculty recommendation, and an essay.
Applications are due by December 4th! For more information and the applications, please visit the High School Page Program website.
Pollinators in Northfield
You may have noticed pollinators—bees, butterflies and other native insects—have gotten a lot of attention in the news. It’s clear that they’re on a rapid decline and one of the factors is the the overuse and misuse of pesticides. I’m working with members of the community and elected officials in Northfield to make sure we’re not contributing to the problem and being good stewards of our public spaces. If you’re interested in learning more or helping with the effort, feel free to contact me.
Northfield Fall Harvest Fest
This Saturday will be the Northfield Harvest Fest. The Harvest Fest is a fun family event that includes a pumpkin patch, corn-filled sandbox, a corn maze, kids’ barrel rides, mini-mazes and lawn games. Pumpkin Playland hours run from 11am-5pm.
What: Northfield Harvest Fest
When: Saturday, October 31st
Where: Bridgewater Produce Farm (4706 Lonsdale Blvd E)
Fall on Display in Minnesota
Fall is in full swing and state agencies are highlighting Minnesota’s natural beauty. The MN DNR is tracking color change in the state parks. Broken down by region, anyone can go to the DNR’s Fall Color Finder to find nearby state parks and a brief description of the color change in each of the state parks.
If you and your family are interested in visiting a local apple orchard visit Minnesota Grown and search by location or by product to find a local food producer.
Nitrogen Fertilizer Comment Period
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is in the process of writing a Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule. The first formal step of the rulemaking process is to solicit comments from the public on the proposed rule through a Request for Comments. The Request for Comments was published in the State Register on Monday October 26, 2015 and the comment period will be open until Friday January, 29 2016.
More information about the proposed rule and rulemaking process can be found on the MDA Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule website.
Forever Green Tour
This week I joined Rep. Erin Murphy, Rep. Peter Fischer, and Sen. John Marty for a Forever Green tour. The tour showcased on the ground research at the University of Minnesota, demonstrating developments of continuous living cover crops that can be marketed in a variety of ways.
Forever Green is groundbreaking research not being done anywhere else. It’s attracting top talent to the University.
As the author of the Forever Green legislation, it’s great to see the progress being made to create crops that lead to more healthy soil, better retention of water, more diversity, and better opportunities for farmers to have more feasible crops to choose from.
If you’re driving around and see bare soil, it’s a sign that we could be taking better care of that land and growing perennials and cover crops that will benefit the land owner.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any issues or concerns you may have.
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