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Rep Tony Jurgens to hold town hall meetings Saturday, February 17

Representative Tony Jurgens

Representative Tony Jurgens

Representative Tony Jurgens will be holding three town meetings on Saturday, February 17.

The meetings will be held at the following locations:

Hastings City Hall, 101 4th St. East, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Cottage Grove City Hall, Training Room, 12800 Ravine Parkway South, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Afton City Hall, 3033 St Croix Trl S, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Rep Tony Jurgens Capitol Update: Highway 316 (2/14/2018)

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Representative Tony Jurgens

Representative Tony Jurgens

By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 2/14/2018

Hello from St Paul,

There was a fantastic turnout in Hastings last night as interested residents gathered to hear from MnDOT about the future of Highway 316 in the south end of the city.

You may recall that after hearing from many concerned residents in the area last year, I authored a bill that prevented speed limits from being raised on Highway 316 from Highway 61 to just north of Tuttle Drive.

Eventually MnDOT offered to develop a public involvement plan that seeks input from community members and businesses on the design of the 2021 Highway 316 resurfacing project, as well as recognizing the need to work with City staff to evaluate safety options for the area. When MnDOT added the safety provision, I agreed to the terms as resident safety was the sole reason I drafted the legislation in the first place.

Last night’s meeting was the first step in the community engagement process, and really the first step towards making needed improvements on this highway. I did sense some frustration among residents as they were expecting to learn what MnDOT’s solution is, but in reality this meeting was designed to give residents the opportunity to suggest what that solution should be.

I thought MnDOT was receptive and am hopeful that the department will give careful consideration to the feedback. My thanks to the City of Hastings for its work and all the residents who attended the meeting. I’ll be sure to keep you updated as to when MnDOT plans its next gathering.

Speaking of gatherings, I will be holding three town meetings this Saturday, February 17, and I hope you can join me. They’ll be held at the following locations:

Hastings City Hall, 101 4th St. East, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Cottage Grove City Hall, Training Room, 12800 Ravine Parkway South, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Afton City Hall, 3033 St Croix Trl S, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

I hope to see you there!
Tony

State Representative Tony Jurgens
523 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-3135
rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn

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Rep Keith Franke Capitol Update: Groundwater (2/8/2018)

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Representative Keith Franke

Representative Keith Franke

By Rep. Keith Franke, 2/8/2018

Dear Neighbors,

As you know, the groundwater and drinking water situation has been stressful since we first learned about possible contamination from 3M. This, combined with the lawsuit from the state, has raised concerns, and rightfully so. The Minnesota Department of Health just yesterday released positive findings that shows good news for our area.

According to MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm:

“Due to the concerns we heard from the community, we felt an obligation to reexamine the available data. We used well-established public health best practices to identify and investigate the concerns. What we found supports the state’s existing safeguards. Our data do not show unusual changes in rates of these specific conditions (certain cancer rates and adverse birth outcomes) over the time period we analyzed. However, this should not be misinterpreted as a message that we can ignore the risks presented by PFCs in drinking water. We’re going to continue monitoring this closely, and as new information comes in we will factor it into our protective guidance and share it with affected communities.”

If you’re interested, you can read the entire release here.

As a representative, my first concern is with the health and welfare of our area. Although this is good news, we need to remain vigilant in getting the answers we deserve for this problem. Not only that, we need to make sure 3M is responsible for the relevant costs of any remediation from this situation. Lastly, I’ll continue to work with state and local officials to ensure you’re informed on any news.

If you have any questions about this topic, please contact my office.

Best,

Keith

State Representative Keith Franke
567 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-4342
rep.keith.franke@house.mn

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Rep Tony Jurgens Capitol Update: Perfluorochemicals (2/8/2018)

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Representative Tony Jurgens

Representative Tony Jurgens

By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 2/8/2018

Hello from St. Paul,

Not long ago, I shared information with you regarding a lawsuit the Attorney Generals’ office had filed against 3M relating to its disposal of perfluorochemicals (PFCs), and the contamination of local groundwater and drinking water that occurred due to its action.

Yesterday the Minnesota Department of Health contacted me and announced it was going to release findings of a study that analyzed cancer incidence in our area due to PFCs in our water. According to MDH scientists, after reviewing an expanded set of cancer data for the region, they did not find unusual rates of adverse birth outcomes or certain cancers.

MDH scientists examined vital records data for low birth weight and prematurity in babies born to mothers in PFC-affected east metro communities in three time periods: 2001-2005, 2006-2010 and 2011-2015. They compared data from those areas to data from unaffected communities in the rest of Washington County and the metro region. While they found a lot of variation in those outcomes – with some higher rates and some lower rates of negative health outcomes – MDH said the variation was within the range that would be expected.

MDH has not collected public health data on other types of potential health effects of PFCs reported in the scientific literature, such as liver and kidney effects, thyroid disease and immune system changes. While MDH’s water guidance values protect against all of these effects, data on their occurrence in people are not available.

I view this news as positive, as resident health is most important when it comes to our drinking water. That said, my thoughts on 3M have been very clear – the company must pay for any and all remediation costs for which it is responsible. The MDH findings do not change that opinion.

In other news, Hastings residents who were concerned about the proposed speed limit increase on Highway 316 last year have a chance to make their voices heard.

You may recall that in part of the agreement I reached with MNDOT on this topic last year was that the department hold an open house to discuss safety concerns.

That meeting is now scheduled for Tuesday February 13th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Crossroads Church in Hastings. I hope to see you there!

I’ve also been touring local schools over the past few weeks. Recently I visited Armstrong and Hillside Elementary Schools, Cottage Grove Middle School and Park High School in the South Washington County District.

I also visited Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and JFK Elementary in Hastings, as well as the Hastings Middle School and High School.

As a member of the House K-12 Education Finance Committee, it’s helpful to visit the schools and see our teachers and students in action. My thanks to the superintendents, staff and students for setting things up and allowing me to visit!

I was also pleased to meet with Hastings High School students Sydney Radke and Addie Buck recently to present them with Minnesota House resolutions that recognized them for their life saving actions after finding a local resident unresponsive in his driveway.

These young ladies are heroes, and deserve every accolade they’re receiving for their quick response.

Talk to you soon,
Tony

State Representative Tony Jurgens
523 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-3135
rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn

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