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Kudos to state leaders who declined pay

Published 9:15am Thursday, August 25, 2011

Column: Thanks for Listening

I would like to applaud Rich Murray and Dan Sparks for declining their pay during the state shutdown. I think it goes a long way to showing all of us that we have two representatives from our area who “get it.”

The following representatives do not “get it” as they all decided to take their full pay while the state was shut down. I challenge all of them to donate their pay to a local charity.

United Way and Relay for Life would love to take your donations and spread the love.

They are: Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights,Rep. Roger Crawford, R-Mora, Rep. Denise Dittrich, DFL-Champlin, Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, Rep. Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville, Rep. Sheldon Johnson, DFL-St. Paul, Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, Rep. Carolyn Laine, DFL-Columbia Heights, Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, Rep. Terry Morrow, DFL-St. Peter, Rep. Joe Mullery, DFL-Minneapolis, Rep. Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester, Rep. Peggy Scott, R-Andover, Rep. Linda Slocum, DFL-Richfield, Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent

Who will accept the challenge?

Time for Pie

The fifth annual Ryan “Pie” Truesdell Memorial Sports Weekend is coming up soon. It is held on Sept. 10 and 11 and is always a good time. Please sign up for one of the amazing tournaments. The event has softball, bean bag toss, volleyball, home run derby, fishing and golf to compete in.

If competing is not what you like to do then cheering for your favorite team and a good cause should be.

Wait. How about eating?

Also as a part of the memorial weekend to Pie there will be great food on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Club. You can choose from burgers to pork sandwiches followed by everyone’s favorite, karaoke.

This fantastic sports weekend is in its fifth year and just keeps growing. Hurry up and get your teams in.

Brandon Klukow: 612-991-6995 for bean bag toss and home run derby.

Shanna Eckberg: 507-676-3516 for volleyball.

Chad Sorenson: 507-351-8271 for softball.

Brian Hughes: 507-383-1832 for golf.

Paul Minehart: 507-377-3647 for fishing.

Tribune Publisher Scott Schmeltzer’s column appears every Thursday.