April 26, 2019: Weekly Update

April 26, 2019
Newsletter

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Town Hall in Cottage Grove, MN

 

Hello all,

I’ve spent a wonderful two weeks at home in the Second District traveling to our communities, learning about the issues that matter most to you, and working on solutions to create opportunities for working families across CD2.

This week, I traveled to Wabasha County to visit an elementary school and hold a roundtable on increasing mental health resources in rural areas, held my fourth Town Hall in Cottage Grove, and had the opportunity to participate in a listening session with the Minnesota Farmers Union on making rural voices heard in Washington. After spending time at home hearing from my neighbors, I’m excited to get back to work in Congress to find real, common sense solutions to the issues facing our communities.


In the District:

Mental health resources: Increasing mental health resources in rural MN is essential to keeping our communities healthy. I held a roundtable in Wabasha County with community health advocates to discuss the work we need to do to ensure everyone can access mental health resources, no matter where they live. Farmers especially are facing hard times in Minnesota. We need an entire community of trained volunteers to make sure we’re doing all that we can to support them.

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Strengthening our schools: Supporting the hardworking students, teachers, and support staff of the Second District is one of my top priorities. I spent an afternoon this week visiting Wabasha-Kellogg Elementary School to read to a class. Thanks for having me!

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Hearing from you: I held my fourth Town Hall in Cottage Grove this week. I am always so grateful for the opportunity to hear directly from you about how we can work together to help every family in the Second District earn a fair shot at a good life. Thanks so much to everyone who came to the Town Hall and helped to make it such a success.

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Bringing the office to you: My casework team traveled to Zumbrota City Hall this week to help our neighbors in the Second District with their questions about the federal government. Navigating federal government services can be confusing, that’s why my team will continue traveling around the district to help you with everything from Social Security to disability benefits.

Hearing from local leaders: I was honored to join the folks in Farmington at the Farmington State of the City this week! I always love hearing from my neighbors about the work you’re doing to build robust communities and thriving economies.

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Small business leaders: It was great to hear what’s on the minds of Second District small business owners in Mendota Heights at the River Heights Chamber Small Business Celebration. Thanks so much for having me!

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Listening to rural voices: I joined Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish and Chef J.D. Fratzke in Cannon Falls to discuss the challenges farmers and other rural Minnesotans face and how my work in Congress can support all of their communities. I will always fight to ensure every family has the opportunity to earn a good life - no matter where they live.

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Meet my team!
 

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Last week, I introduced you to my casework team who travel around the district every week to help you navigate the federal government. This week, I’d like to introduce you to my outreach team, who all work hard to meet with folks across the district and hear about the ways that my office can address your concerns and create stronger communities.

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 Nate Fowler, Community Liaison

“It’s incredibly rewarding to partner with local leaders such as mayors, county commissioners and superintendents to find solutions to everyday issues. It’s also fascinating to hear about the deep history of the great communities in this district from those who know it best.”

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Nick Coe, District Director

“It’s an honor to serve as Representative Craig’s district director. Angie is laser-focused on serving the residents in our communities, and her priorities set the tone and direction for our work. The best part of my job is hearing from folks in the Second District and making sure their priorities are heard and acted on in the halls of Congress.”

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Morris Allen, Senior Community Liaison

“My life’s work has been engaged in creating access to community while demonstrating availability to everyone I meet along  the way. Watching Rep. Craig engage in her work in a similar fashion makes my work so much more meaningful. At the end of the day, effective outreach is all about  connecting one person with another, understanding the interplay between one issue and another, and listening carefully to understand when and how to respond."