Local NewsMinute: Lac qui Parle, Speech, State Capitol, And Koehl 09 Mar 18

Representative Anderson Sounds Off

House Agriculture Policy Chairman Paul Anderson (R-12B) isn’t happy with the Dayton Administration’s intention to restrict fall applications of fertilizer in areas of porous soil.
Calling this “a reactionary rebranding of a vastly unpopular rule” from last year, he says farmers will continue to object, and that they’ve been using less nitrogen, as it was.
Representative Anderson further objects to Governor Dayton’s plan to enact the change “via administrative rule.”

Speech Season Almost Done

Last week, Tiger Speech faced stiff competition during the Chuck Beckman Memorial Tournament in Walker.
In Humorous Interpretation, Maria Schnieder took sixth place, Anna Mahoney seventh, and Michelle Johnson was an Honorable Mention.
Derek Johnson took dual honors – second in Storytelling, and third in Serious Drama.
In Serious Prose, Nicole Gillespie won sixth place.
Honorable Mentions also went to Luci Bransell in Creative Expression, and Anya Eckerle in Discussion.
Morris finished eleventh in a 36-school-field, they’ll compete in Willmar tomorrow.

NAFTA Tops Farm Bureau Agenda

Young Farmer Martha Koehl is back from Washington, D.C.
She’s a first-term Board member of Stevens County Farm Bureau, and works for Riverview Dairy. Koehl joined 17 other Farm Bureau members in face-to-face meetings with Senators Klobuchar and Smith, plus Congressmen Emmer, Lewis, and Peterson.
The Delegation wanted to “affirm” trading under NAFTA with policymakers, and what a lack of farm labor from foreign countries “would do to Minnesota agriculture.”

Mixed Results From State Agency

Data from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) paints an uneven picture for the future of Lac qui Parle County.
Between 2007 and 2016, the County saw a 9.7 percent drop in the number of people working, but wages grew by 20.4 percent (to an annual average of $33,132). DEED will release updated unemployment figures for all 87 counties next week.

FCCLA Goes To Saint Paul

Several local students attended the 2018 Minnesota FCCLA Shadow Day on Wednesday. This event is an opportunity for students to job shadow an assigned state legislator.
Kalli Kremer (Kray-mer) was paired with Representative Fue (Foo) Lee of Minneapolis. Kremer is a student at Wheaton, and is the Region President; she says getting involved in politics early is key to remaining involved later in life.
Students attended committee, caucus, and constituent meetings with their assigned legislator, getting an exclusive look at what an average day a legislator faces. Students from Herman-Norcross, Wheaton, and Morris attended the event.