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DEAN URDAHL

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Local legislators hosted a town hall meeting Saturday in Willmar and celebrated recent bipartisan bills to replenish the unemployment insurance fund and provide hero's pay to frontline workers in the pandemic. They also noted that "night and day" divisions remain on most of the other issues before the Minnesota Legislature.
Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, and Sen. Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, will be joined in a Willmar town hall on Saturday by Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, and Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont.
So far a quarter of Minnesota lawmakers have said they do not plan to return to the Legislature in 2023, a dramatic but not unusual level of turnover for the year following the once-a-decade redistricting process that shakes up legislative boundaries.
Rep. Dean Urdahl is serving his 10th term in the state legislator. He is seeking election in a new district that will include the western half of Meeker County, the southeastern corner of Kandiyohi County and all of Renville and Chippewa counties.
Summary: While there is much to sort out between now and late May, I firmly support seizing this unprecedented opportunity to provide maximum — and permanent — tax relief for overtaxed Minnesotans. Inflation is soaring at 40-year highs and we have a chance to provide meaningful relief not only now, but into the future.
Secretary of State Steve Simon came looking to boost voter turnout during a visit to Willmar. Minnesota leads the nation three years in running in voter turnout, but one in five still are not exercising their right to a say in our democracy.

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Building on the foresight and leadership of local dairy farmers from 100 years ago, a major expansion at the First District Association in Litchfield has prepared the farmer-owned cooperative for the next century.
Assigning class credit to civics courses would raise its relevance
The state is failing to properly teach civics to its young people, according to State Rep. Dean Urdahl. A new set of proposed standards for social studies instruction is being drafted. Understanding civics is “fundamental to our success as a state and nation,” he said Friday morning.

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