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Gov. Tim Walz announced last week a newly proposed comprehensive climate plan, visited nurses on picket lines, met with members of Taiwan’s agriculture industry to strengthen trade partnerships, announced appointments and received his updated bivalent COVID-19 booster at the state capitol.

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Gov. Tim Walz announced the state’s second quarter exports increased, welcomed students on their first day of school, visited an Islamic center in Minneapolis in response to recent vandalism and recommended Third Judicial District candidates.

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Firefighters see us at our worst in most cases, but we rarely think or ponder the effects our disasters have on them and their mental health.

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Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order during the last week that implements cybersecurity measures to protect the state’s critical infrastructure. Walz also extended the free nursing assistance training program and recognized members of the military at the Minnesota State Fair.

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Question: Why are so many vehicles allowed to be on Minnesota roads with only a rear license plate? This seems to be especially true of late model expensive makes (Tesla, Audi, Mercedes, BMW, etc.). Isn’t the lack of a front plate a primary offense and the vehicle therefore subject to a traf…

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Gov. Tim Walz focused on the Minnesota Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, highlighted safety preparations, attended the Minnesota State Fair and authorized emergency assistance for eight Minnesota counties due to severe weather and flooding damage.

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Gov. Tim Walz kicked off the week launching an expansion of school lunch offerings, celebrated new job numbers, issued an extradition warrant for a drive-by shooting suspect and visited a brewery in Northern Minnesota.

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Planning is already underway for Minnesota’s fishing opener in 2023 and Gov. Tim Walz announced the host city at the beginning of last week, made comments on the state’s bonds rating and renewed temporary relief for gasoline, diesel and other fuels in Minnesota.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that a request from Gov. Tim Walz, relating to a major disaster declaration for 23 Northern Minnesota counties impacted by tornadoes and flooding on May 29 and 30, was approved by President Joe Biden on Aug. 10.

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Gov. Tim Walz responded to a Mall of America shooting, attended Minnesota Farmfest and made a few appointments during the week.

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In a busy week for Gov. Tim Walz, he celebrated the passage of Americans with Disabilities Act on its 32nd anniversary, as well as outlining a ten year economic expansion plan, and celebrated the lowest unemployment rate that any state has ever reported.

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Gov. Tim Walz took part in a reproductive rights rally last week, celebrated a hemp farm grand opening and held a roundtable discussion at a southern Minnesota ethanol plant.

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A large crowd was in attendance at a forum organizers called “Get to know the Candidates,” which featured two local candidates and one statewide conservative candidate for Minnesota attorney general held on July 12, at the Eagles Club on Peck Street in Fergus Falls.

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Starting from an entry level position with Otter Tail County Human Services in 1990, as a social worker and rising through the ranks, Deb Sjostrom has definitely made an impact. She is now being honored for that service from the Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators.

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A contractor who has worked with the city of Fergus Falls on numerous road and public improvement projects over the years is in hot water with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Gov. Tim Walz clarifies Minnesota abortion laws in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe vs. Wade. He also announced a plan to tackle gun violence in the state and took time to celebrate bipartisan agriculture accomplishments that passed during the legislative session.

As it is after most sessions of the Minnesota Legislature, new laws took effect that will impact most residents in Otter Tail County as well as in West Central Minnesota.

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Governor Tim Walz reacted to the overturning of the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision. Walz also helped unveil a new veterans’ memorial in Winona and floated a proposal to give Minnesota residents half of the $4 billion dollar surplus.

Question: I really liked your recent article about the dangers of putting your feet up on the dash while driving and air bags. With the way vehicles are changing, can you talk about the other air bags, like side curtains and such? Thank you.

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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is now predicting more new algal blooms in time for the upcoming July 4 weekend. These can be harmful or even fatal to pets like cats or dogs or other house pets, as they are more likely than people to get sick or even die after contact with harmful alg…

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The chances of a special session for the Minnesota Legislature have all but dwindled as Gov. Tim Walz conceded on June 16, declaring negotiations were at an impasse.

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Question: It seems there are far too many wrong way drivers. On 4-lane and 2-lane roadways, what should drivers do if they encounter a wrong-way driver?

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With no quick resolution of negotiations for a special session of the Minnesota Legislature, Gov. Tim Walz announced community COVID-19 testing sites around the state will now become test-to-treat locations and that frontline worker pay website go live.

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Summer in Minnesota brings sunshine and excitement with campgrounds and cabins opening and families heading out on vacation. All of the campers, trailers and extra vehicle traffic makes Memorial Day to Labor Day a deadly time for traffic fatalities each year on Minnesota roads.

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No other issue in our country has been as divisive or as polarizing as the abortion issue.

Question: I have noticed that some of the local express shuttle buses do not stop at railroad crossings. I thought all buses were supposed to stop before crossing railroad tracks. Can you talk about this?

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With negotiations still continuing for a possible special session of the Minnesota Legislature, Gov. Tim Walz made a few appointments and signed an omnibus mental health budget bill into law.

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Despite the Minnesota Legislature not being able to pass a bonding or tax bill during the 2022 legislative session, Gov. Tim Walz had a busy week with the signing of the Agriculture Omnibus Bill and another bill that would extend eligibility to members of the Minnesota National Guard for ree…

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Recently a new Minnesota law was signed into law that makes several changes to Minnesota liquor laws, including raising the cap on growler sales, allowing more off-sale options for smaller breweries and expanding license opportunities for specific cities and events.

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It doesn’t happen very often, but the U.S. Navy commissioned its newest ship, USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul, in Duluth on May 21. The formal ceremony was previously scheduled in spring of 2021, after issues involving its propulsion system had to be addressed.

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Gov. Tim Walz spent the majority of the last week of the regular Minnesota legislative session signing bills and announced a completed framework to define end of the session budget negotiations.

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Formerly referred to as the Perham to Pelican Rapids Trail, the Heart of the Lakes Trail in Otter Tail County welcomes visitors and residents to one of the most stunningly beautiful and picturesque areas in West Central Minnesota.

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Gov. Tim Walz recently signed into law a comprehensive veterans bill that aims to end veteran homelessness, fund veterans homes and veterans cemeteries and provide service bonuses to veterans and Gold Star families.

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Defendants in a court of law who are declared incompetent may soon find themselves moving through the court system faster with a new bill that was just passed in the Minnesota House.

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As the Minnesota legislative session nears an end, Gov. Tim Walz announced the passage of a few bills, including one that will provide $300 million to advance Minnesota’s response to the opioid crisis and a comprehensive veterans bill. During a visit to a metro area school, Walz also highlig…

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Local longtime volunteer and guardianship advocate Joyce Lacey of Ashby has decided to make a run for the top spot in the state — the governor’s office.

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It was another busy week for Gov. Tim Walz last week as he celebrated direct payments to frontline workers, purchased his fishing license, proclaimed small business week and announced investments for urban parks and equitable outdoor access.

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Gov. Tim Walz called up the Minnesota National Guard to support emergency flood operations in northwestern Minnesota, signed unemployment insurance and frontline worker relief bill, extended the executive order to help fight spread of avian influenza and made some judicial appointments last week.

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Last week, Gov. Tim Walz delivered his annual State of the State Address, attended a groundbreaking for a highway expansion project and appointed a new addiction and recovery director to help combat the opioid epidemic and tackle addiction in the state.

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It’s not a done deal yet, but the Minnesota House of Representatives has included an eight year extension of the state historic tax credit in the omnibus tax bill.

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Gov. Tim Walz continued his tour across the state promoting the administration’s proposed budget and surveyed recent tornado damage in Taopi.

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A Fergus Falls man, along with six others, have been sentenced in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. Abbot William Aho, a/k/a Boogie, 26 was sentenced on Apr. 12, on multiple charges.

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A new conservative candidate literally threw his hat in the ring over the weekend for the hotly contested Senate District 9 seat. The newly formed Senate District 9 includes all of the counties of Otter Tail, Grant, Traverse, Wilkin and a portion of Douglas County.

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Gov. Tim Walz dealt with several big issues last week, among them, he signed a bill into law to advance the state’s continued efforts to control and contain H5N1 (bird flu). The first part of the 2022 Minnesota legislative session is in the books, as the legislature went into recess for East…

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It was another busy week for Gov. Tim Walz, dealing with the avian flu situation and promoting the Next Generation Nursing Assistant initiative, as well as making a few more appointments and announcing vacancies in state government.

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From chaotic trading markets to unknown factors in supply issues for the upcoming planting season, the Ukraine situation with the Russian military campaign is causing ripple effects around the world, and a ton of volatility in many area — one of which is agriculture.

Gov. Tim Walz has announced the activation of a USDA emergency response team to support the state’s disease control and containment efforts of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) or bird flu, which poses a low risk to humans but is currently confirmed in three poultry flocks in Minnesota.

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Local business owner and Maine Township resident, Tom Murphy, recently announced that he is launching his campaign for the Minnesota House in District 9B in Douglas and Otter Tail County.

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Gov. Tim Walz spent last week lauding the highest job gains in the state since the late 1990s, and continued barnstorming the state promoting the Walz-Flanagan Budget to Move Minnesota Forward.

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