Saving our planet’s rare and endangered plant species; a tour of the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences Conservatory

The school is asking for $4.4 million in bonding to build a new, energy efficient facility to protect these special plants, and to provide hands-on learning opportunities for Minnesota’s future plant geneticists, growers, and agriculture and environmental scientists. As a farmer, and someone who works with the land, I like to come visit places like this that help explain how studying even the tiniest plant has a lot of importance to our greater environment.

Seeing the fruits of our labor

After spending 17 days together this fall – and traveling well over 2,500 miles across the state – Capital Investment Committee members have seen a lot of disrepair to state-owned buildings across Minnesota. One thing we don’t get to see a lot of though, is how money we’ve invested in past bonding bills has been spent in order to better local communities. That changed this morning once we arrived at Camp Ripley – a 53,000 acre Minnesota National Guard training facility north of St. Cloud.

Let’s talk about fairness, access to opportunity, and justice: Why creating a transit system that works for its people is vitally important

Today, I had the pleasure of joining the Senate Bonding Committee Tour which made more than a dozen stops in Minneapolis. One of our mid-morning stops highlighted a gravely unsafe area alongside Interstate 35W and Lake Street. To get to this bus stop, commuters must climb a steep set of decaying stairs to get to a woefully ugly and barely sheltered bus stop that sits right next to the freeway, with cars and buses racing past at high speeds. It is noisy, polluted, receives water and salt spray, is hard to access, and is a generally unpleasant, hostile experience. This area is the heart of three of this region’s most heavily traveled transit and transportation corridors: Lake Street, I-35W (and the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit), and the 29th Street Midtown Greenway “bicycle highway.”

Sen. Bonoff: Making the case for the Plymouth Ice Center

We have quite a few ice arenas in the State of Hockey, but none like the Plymouth Ice Center which is a first of its kind public-private collaboration. Seeing the need for a high-quality, accessible arena in our area, a collaboration was born between the city, Wayzata School District, Providence Academy, Life Time Fitness, local hockey associations and the state to build this arena.