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Area lawmakers take oath of office

Four area Minnesota House of Representatives members took oaths of office Tuesday at the beginning of the 89th Minnesota Legislature. They are Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore, Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, and Rep. ...

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Four area Minnesota House of Representatives members took oaths of office Tuesday at the beginning of the 89th Minnesota Legislature. They are Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore, Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, and Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa. A story on Lueck's swearing-in was published in Wednesday's newspaper.

Anderson was elected in November to represent District 9A for a second term. He is serving on four House committees this biennium. Two pertain to agriculture - one policy and the other finance. Anderson also will be on committees related to government operations, transportation, and mining/outdoors recreation.

"Those committee assignments put me in position to have a direct say on issues that are key to our statewide economy and have significant impacts in our area," Anderson said. "We are at a crossroads in a number of areas and decisions we make this year need to be made with the long term in mind. That is especially true as we consider a state budget, where two-year plans often create commitments in perpetuity."

Anderson said he welcomes area residents to call his legislative office at 651-296-4293 or email rep.mark.anderson@house.mn to provide input or set up an appointment at his St. Paul office - 579 State Office Building.

Kresha was officially sworn in for his second term Tuesday as the legislature began the 2015 session.

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"It's a great honor to begin my second term at the legislature, and I'm looking forward to working hard on behalf of the residents of Morrison and Todd County," Kresha said. "The Republican majority is ready to get to work and offer practical solutions to the problems our state faces. Improving education for our students, caring for our seniors,

and fixing our state's roads and bridges are just a few of the many issues we look forward to addressing in 2015."

Kresha, who was first elected in 2012, was elected assistant majority leader by his peers last month, and will serve as vice chair of the Education Finance Committee. He will also serve as a member of the Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee, the Education Innovation Policy Committee, and the Rules and Legislative Administration Committee. During his first term, Kresha was a vocal proponent of broadband expansion in greater Minnesota, as well as increased funding for nursing homes and long-term care facilities for seniors and the disabled. In October 2014, Kresha was named by Governor Mark Dayton to the Governor's Task Force on Child Protection, the lone representative from the House Republican Caucus.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, Kresha delivered a speech seconding the motion made by Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, to formally nominate and elect Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, the next speaker of the House.

Kresha lives in Little Falls with his wife, Wendy and their five children. He is a former school board member, and currently works as the CEO of Golden Shovel Agency, an economic development company that manages digital communications for rural cities and counties.

Constituents may contact Kresha by phone at 651-296-4247, or toll free at 1-888-727-4612. Emails can be sent to rep.ron.kresha

Representative Ron Kresha, 531 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155

Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, was officially sworn in as a state representative on Tuesday, in St. Paul in the chamber of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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"It is humbling to be given the opportunity to represent our community in St. Paul," said Heintzeman. "My colleagues and I are looking forward to find common sense solutions to the problems facing Minnesota."

Heintzeman's committee assignments include Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance, Higher Education Policy and Finance, and Legacy Funding Finance where he will serve as vice chairman.

Heintzeman, a small business owner, is set to begin his first term as state representative representing House District 10A encompassing much of western Crow Wing County.

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