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Senate working group to hold listening sessions on child care

The Minnesota Senate has convened a bipartisan Child Care Access Working Group, chaired by Sen. Bill Weber (R-Luverne), to explore issues related to the child care shortage that affects communities across the state, particularly in Greater Minnesota.

The working group plans to hold a series of listening sessions to hear public testimony on issues related to child care access and affordability. The group will also visit local child care facilities to learn more about the challenges faced by the providers, and they will meet with local economic development authorities to discuss how the lack of child care options contributes to Minnesota’s workforce shortage.

The first listening session will be held Monday in Willmar, followed by Lake City on Sept. 10. Additional listening sessions are expected to be added at a later date.

Willmar Listening Session
Monday, Aug. 13, 6-8 p.m.
Fire Station Training Room, 515 2nd St. SW

Lake City Listening Session
Monday, Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m.
Lake City Public Library, 201 South High St.

2018 Gubernatorial Forum: Focusing on issues important to Greater Minnesota

Join the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, Greater Mankato Growth and the Greater Minnesota Partnership on Thursday, July 26 for a forum featuring the leading candidates in the running to be Minnesota’s next governor! Confirmed participants are DFL candidates State Rep. Erin Murphy, Attorney General Lori Swanson and Congressman Tim Walz and GOP candidate Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson. Former Governor Tim Pawlenty, who is challenging Johnson in the GOP primary, has also been invited. Marvin Rhodes, general manager of KEYC News 12, will serve as moderator.

The 90-minute forum will be from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Grand Hall at the Verizon Center in Mankato. The event is free and open to the public; doors open at 7 p.m. Please see this event flyer for more information. Continue reading