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TINA SMITH

State and federal lawmakers, as well as the state's agriculture commissioner and director of the state Board of Animal Health, came to Kandiyohi County on Tuesday to speak to area poultry producers and industry officials about how the avian flu has impacted them. Discussion was also had on how the state has been responding to the latest outbreak.
Funding includes public safety equipment upgrades for Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office; Morrison County United Way Childhood Literacy Program.
Charles P. Nord, James A. Rogers Jr. and Kort M. Plantenberg were killed on Dec. 5, 2019, after the Blackhawk helicopter they were riding in experienced engine failure.
The funds will go toward the construction of an air rescue and firefighting building at the airport. Officials hope to build out a fuller Emergency Operations Center there.

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A bipartisan group of senators brought the legislation to raise awareness about preventive care after Americans postponed check-ups due to COVID-19.
Proponents of Twin Metals descended on the nation's capitol this week in an effort to prevent a two-year delay from becoming permanent protection of thousands of acres outside the Boundary Waters.
Fellow Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who, like Smith, lives in Minneapolis, opposes the ballot question along with DFL Gov. Tim Walz. But Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, two Democrats who both live in the city, are openly backing the measure.
The policy change is set to take effect early next month, allowing Canadian and Mexican nationals who are fully vaccinated to travel by land into the United States for nonessential purposes.
A cohort of Minnesota politicians visited with firefighters working on the Greenwood Fire on Monday.
U.S. Forest Service officials told Minnesota lawmakers on Thursday that firefighters have been battling flames since early spring, far earlier than usual, and their resources are growing exhausted.

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The move comes as the drought continues in the state and a week after USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack toured farms in the state to survey the impact of the severe dry weather.
Minnesota's two U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith signed the letter one day after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul.
Democrats and Republicans split on the Biden Administration's response and called for help to safely evacuate U.S. citizens and allies.

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