Monday, February 16, 2009

Abraham Lincoln celebrated this President's Day

Today at the Capitol
Today is President's Day, and in recognition of this holiday. Rep. Dean Urdahl, Minnesota’s Commissioner to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and Rep. Paul Gardner have announced plans to observe the 200th anniversary of President Lincoln’s birthday.

Minnesota will kick off its recognition of Lincoln with a Capitol rotunda ceremony today and the Minnesota Historical Society display featuring Lincoln-related material will be presented in the Capitol, a House Resolution commemorating Lincoln will be read from the floor of the House and a Lincoln impersonator will recite the Gettysburg Address.

Looking Ahead: Legislators are planning to host listening sessions in area communities. A schedule can be found below.

Thursday, February 19

6:00 PM
Meeting Time Note: Each meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
House and Senate Budget Listening Sessions
Room: Locations listed below
Agenda: Mankato Intergovernmental Center - Mankato River Room, 10 Civic Center Plaza
Rochester Community and Technical College - Heintz Center Commons Area, 1926 Collegeview Rd. S.E.
St. Cloud City Hall - Council Chambers, 400 Second St. S.
Willmar - Kennedy Elementary School, 824 Seventh St. S.W.

Friday, February 20

12:30 PM
Senate Committee on Taxes
Room: Comstock Memorial Union, Moorhead State University
Chair: Sen. Thomas M. Bakk
Agenda: Governor's biennial budget recommendations

House and Senate Budget Listening Sessions
Room: Locations and times listed below
9:30 a.m.
Duluth City Hall - Council Chambers, 411 W. First St.
Little Falls; Morrison County Government Center - Garden Level Meeting Room, 213 First Ave. S.E.

10 a.m.
Albert Lea City Hall - Council Chambers, 221 E. Clark St.

10:30 a.m.
Brainerd; Washington Educational Services Building - Board Room, 804 Oak St.
Worthington City Hall - Council Chambers, 303 Ninth St.

12:30 p.m.
Minnesota State University Moorhead - Comstock Union, 1104 Seventh Ave. S.

1:30 p.m.
Virginia; Mesabi Range Community and Technical College - Small Auditorium, 1001 Chestnut St. W.

2:30 p.m.
Marshall; Southwest Minnesota State University - Lecture Hall, 1501 State St.

3:30 p.m.
Bemidji State University - American Indian Resource Center Gathering Place, 1620 Birchmont Dr.
Winona City Hall - Council Chambers, 207 Lafayette

4 p.m.
Alexandria City Hall, 704 Broadway

At the Capitol:
Legislative schedules are available for the House and Senate.

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