Sen. Amy Klobuchar
WASHINGTON — It all started a few years ago when Duluth native Peggy Heistad Huri’s mother received a seemingly innocent phone call asking questions about her family and retirement plan. After gaining her trust, the caller eventually convinced her to max out multiple credit cards, wire money from nearby banks and even mail $10,000 in cash.
WASHINGTON — Josephine Ledesma was a first-time nonviolent drug offender who never even used or sold drugs but still received a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison during the 1990s. She served more than 24 years in federal prison before receiving clemency from President Barack Obama in 2016. She now has a good job and is devoted to, as she says in her own words, “making up for all the time my children did not get to spend with me by being the best grandmother in the world.”
WASHINGTON — When I first came to Congress, my number one ask was to be on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. The reason was simple: I wanted to work on behalf of the communities and people of rural Minnesota. People like Joe Arnold and his parents who I met at their family farm in Holloway earlier this year. Sitting around their dining room table, Joe told me about his grandpa Vernon, who built their farm from nothing in the late 1960s.
WASHINGTON — Earlier this year, Shane McAllister grew worried when his 9-month-old son, Andrew, developed a 102-degree fever. Shane is a Minnesota doctor, but even with his medical training, he was surprised to see his son quickly lose his cheerful energy and spirit. It scared him, so he rushed Andrew to the emergency room. It didn’t take doctors long to diagnose Andrew with a severe case of the flu.
When firefighters like Jeff Laskowske from Albert Lea arrive at a fire, they are fully aware of the dangers they face from the flames and smoke. But Jeff, and millions of other firefighters like him, are exposing themselves to another deadly risk each time they show up to work — cancer.
WASHINGTON — Minnesotans across our state are having trouble completing phone calls: a small business owner in Brainerd losing out to competitors because she can’t reach customers; a Fergus Falls elementary school struggling to alert parents about a closure before a big storm hits; an on-call surgeon in Randall who never receives the call from a nearby hospital for an emergency surgery.
It’s no secret that our workforce is one of our state’s greatest assets. Minnesota is home to some of the best educated, hardest working people in the country. We have the numbers to back that up. As of October, the unemployment rate here was just 3.3 percent, well below the national average. When U.S. News named Minnesota the third best state to live in earlier this year, they cited our outstanding labor force participation. And last year employment in Minnesota grew at a faster rate than in any of our neighboring states.
WASHINGTON — Last week I attended the Change-of-Command Ceremony where we honored Lt. Gen. (Brevet)(Retired) Richard Nash for his decades of service and saw him pass the leadership torch to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, who was sworn in as the new adjutant general of Minnesota’s National Guard. As Lt. Gen.
After Peggy Hiestand-Harri’s mom retired, she planned to spend her time like a lot of Minnesotans do — with her kids and grandkids. And also like a lot of Minnesotans in their golden years, she got by on a fixed income.