I head up to the State Capitol in St. Paul every work day where I am employed by the Minnesota House of Representatives. No, I’m not a politician. I work in the nonpartisan House Public Information Services department where I am assistant director and editor. I cover committees and the floor sessions for Session Weekly newsmagazine and our online efforts. My “beat” is taxes and bonding, but what I enjoy most is educating people about the legislative process. While I love my job at the House, my passion has always been community journalism. My newspaper experience spans over 25 years and includes editing and reporting for the Prior Lake American, the Montevideo American News and Press Publications in White Bear Lake. I left the newspaper world about seven years ago to work for the Minnesota House of Representative where my position marries quite nicely my interest in public policy and journalism. But community journalism keeps beckoning me. (I do teach one class a semester in the University of Minnesota journalism department).Now I blog at B-Ville News. People ask me why I blog - it's because telling Burnsville’s stories enriches my life.
With the Twin Cities metropolitan area rental market the tightest it’s been in years, some people who are undocumented are falling prey to extortion by unscrupulous landlords, who seek to take monetary advantage of a potential tenant’s illegal status.
Fairgoers are invited to meet and greet legislators and weigh in on hot political topics during their visit to the House of Representatives booth at the Minnesota State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 21 through Monday, Sept. 1.
The Lewis and Clark Regional Water System project that would bring water to parts of southwestern Minnesota, including Worthington and Luverne, became a surprise component to end-of-session negotiations in an effort to gain support for a bonding bill via the omnibus supplemental tax bill.
Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in the U.S. and several members of the Twin Cities Somali community were before the House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee last week seeking support for a resolution denouncing the detention and torture of Somali people in Kenya.
Many jobs require background checks on applicants, including for those who would have direct contact with vulnerable adults. However, as more data on the individual is required and as technology advances, state agency policies regarding secure storage and data destruction need revision.