We govern in a van down by the river

On the subject of town halls, here are some more. Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN8) is sending his staffed mobile office to the Range on Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 26. This after his hotly discussed town hall in Duluth today. The congressman’s mobile office will be at the Keewatin City Hall from 2-4:30 p.m. Thursday and Coleraine City Hall from 9:30-11 a.m. Friday.

Meantime, Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner-Solon will be holding a “Bring the Capitol to the Range” tour on Monday, Aug. 29 and Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Furthering Governor Dayton and Prettner Solon’s commitment to transparency and accessibility, the tour provides Minnesota residents with the opportunity to connect with state leaders in their own community.

On Monday night, Prettner Solon will be joined by Representative Carly Melin, IRRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich, MPCA Commissioner Paul Aasen, DLI Commissioner Ken Peterson, DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips, and DNR Northeast Regional Director Craig Engwall for a town hall listening session on Jobs and Economic Development. Residents are encouraged to arrive early to sign-up if they would like to speak.
In addition to the town hall, Prettner Solon will hold office hours on Monday from noon – 4:00 pm at the IRRRB office. To request a one-on-one meeting with the Lieutenant Governor, residents are encouraged to visit www.governor.state.mn.us/schedule  or call 1-800-657-3717. Meetings will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.
The final part of the Iron Range visit will be a tour of local businesses and initiatives.
It occurs to me that this year is laying a template for how to run the government out of a van. But perhaps I’m reading too much into all this.

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