June 13, 2014

Flag Day and Fathers Day


This weekend, we are celebrating two great holidays. I would like to wish you and your family a Happy Flag Day on Saturday and a Happy Fathers Day on Sunday. Flag Day June 14th is Flag Day and commemorates the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the stars and stripes as the official American flag. Since that day, …

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June 9, 2014

Lakes International Language Academy

The Forest Lake American Legion Post 225 Color Guard, (L to R) Ron Miller, Ron Hoheisel, Don Quigley, and Paul Parenteau, presented the U.S. flag for the Pledge of Allegiance at the ceremony.

It was an honor to speak at the Lakes International Language Academy’s (LILA)construction ceremony in Forest Lake on Monday. The celebration was for a new Headwaters Campus which will open this fall and serve grades 4-6. LILA is one of the best charter schools in the nation, and we are fortunate to have them right here in our own backyard. …

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May 30, 2014

2014 Legislative Report

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your state representative for the past two years. The 2014 legislative session is now complete, and I would like to share with you some of the highlights from this session. Click here to view my Legislative Report which will give you an update on important things that happened this year. …

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May 20, 2014

Memorial Day Message

This Monday, May 26th is Memorial Day, a time when we remember those brave men and women who gave their life in service to our country. Memorial Day was borne out of our American Civil War, with both the North and South looking for a way to remember the hundreds of thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers who lost their …

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May 17, 2014

Session Has Come To an End

Rep. Dettmer with Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy, Officer Shane Warnke and John Hillyard prior to touring of the Stillwater Prison during its 100th Anniversary event last week.

The legislative session has come to an end, and it has been a privilege to again serve as your state representative for the past two years. Although legislators will not be around the Capitol too much in the coming months, please know that I am always available should you need help with a matter of state government or want to …

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May 9, 2014

Military Reciprocity Bill

St. Peters

On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed a bill to make it easier for veterans to join law enforcement. House File 1915 states that if a person has four years of military law enforcement service, he or she can count that experience when taking peace officer education examinations. This bill has the potential to help many veterans who come home after …

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May 2, 2014

Obamacare Mandates Could Cost Minnesota Schools


This week, the nonpartisan Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released a report estimating that over the next three years, Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance could cost our schools over $200 million. This is real money out of the classroom, and I worry what it will mean for educational achievement across our state. MMB gathered their data from a sampling of …

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April 25, 2014

Forest Lake Voters to Approve a Referendum

Forest Lake Elementary students pose for a photo on the House Floor

The legislature resumed work this week after the Easter/Passover holiday. Here is an update on what is happening at the Capitol and in the district. Forest Lake Referendum On May 20th, School District 831 is asking Forest Lake area voters to approve a referendum to fund school building maintenance and infrastructure improvements. Whether or not you approve the initiative, I …

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