By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 1/25/2019
Hello from St. Paul,
Thousands participated in a rally outside the State Capitol on Tuesday to support the unborn, 46 years after the United States Supreme Court legalized abortions nationwide. A number of residents from our district were part of the group, and I always appreciate visiting with constituents when they visit St. Paul.
Dozens of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle attended.
According to Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), the rally is designed to commemorate the lives lost to abortion (and the women and men who have been hurt as a result) and to call for renewed respect and protection for all members of the human family, including unborn children and their mothers.
Also this week, I joined Amber from Ally Supportive Services and Dakota County Commissioner Mike Slavik in a point-in-time homeless count.
Many of us don’t realize we have a homeless population in Hastings. The problem isn’t nearly as serious as it would be in Minneapolis or St. Paul, but it is a problem nonetheless for those without reliable shelter – particularly when the temperatures are below freezing.
This was an eye-opening experience for me, as it would be for anyone. We visited with a number of residents, and spent almost an hour with one couple. We heard about their struggles, not only with finding housing but also in dealing with life’s struggles including mental health and addiction.
Some good news, Amber and her organization do an outstanding job not only in locating these residents throughout Dakota County but also in establishing a level of trust with them. She also tells me local police do a good job of ensuring their safety.
As a new member of the Minnesota House Housing Committee, learning more about the homeless issue and talking to those who are struggling locally was critical. Raising awareness is also important, and I look forward to working on solutions to homelessness in the very near future.
Last night, I was pleased to attend the Hastings Chamber of Commerce 2019 Annual Meeting and Awards dinner, and was happy to present Educator of the Year Kari Jaeger, Volunteer of the Year Ellie Lundquist, and Business of the Year Millner Family Chiropractic with House resolutions honoring their achievements.
On Friday, I visited with officials from Marathon Refinery in St. Paul Park, learning how the company prioritizes employee and community safety, and has ongoing, open communication and cooperation with local emergency personnel.
Have a good weekend,
Representative Tony Jurgens
351 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155