Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The freshman senator represents portions of Oakdale and all of Woodbury in the Legislature.
As a lover of history, the moment wasn’t lost on Susan Kent. She was sworn in last week as the newest state senator Oakdale, and Kent said she was trying to “soak it all in” at the Capitol as she began her first term in District 53. “It was awe inspiring,” Kent said. The DFLer, who unseated Ted Lillie in the 2012 elections, said the area expects a certain amount of fiscal conservatism from its lawmakers, and plans to focus on the economy, jobs, budget and education. The Legislature will have to address a $1.1 billion deficit this session, and Kent said lawmakers must address the shortfall without cutting back on top priorities, such education or infrastructure. It’s not just a matter of spending or revenue, she said. “It’s both.” “It needs…
Monday, July 9, 2012
The event is set for July 16 at Tartan Park in Lake Elmo.
DFL Senate District 53 announced Monday that author, storyteller and humorist Garrison Keillor will headline the July 16 DFL Unity Picnic at Tartan Park in Lake Elmo. Keillor is primarily known as the host of Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion. Jim Klobuchar—journalist, author, progressive activist and father of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar—is also set to speak at the event, according to a release from DFL Senate District 53 officials The event is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. on July 16. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.sd53.org. Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Sign up for our newsletter
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
John Becker, an Oakdale resident for 28 years and former music director at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, will seek the DFL endorsement to run for Minnesota Senate.
A longtime Oakdale resident announced Tuesday he’ll seek the DFL endorsement to run for the Minnesota Senate in District 53, according to a press release. John Becker served for 13 years as the music director at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, and is still active in the church, the release says. He’s worked as an editor of state laws at Thomson Reuters for more than 21 years, according to the release. He's lived in Oakdale for 28 years, the release says. “I like my life; the American Dream works for me,” Becker said in the release, “but life is hard for many. Government does not exist to make people like me more comfortable; it exists to make a good life possible for everyone.” Becker said if elected he would restore funds for education …