Sen. Chuck Wiger

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43


Energized by great ideas

At the first Senate E-12 Education Policy and Budget Committee hearing of the year, members heard dozens of great recommendations on everything from technology to school facilities to mental health. As Chair of the committee, I felt we needed to hear from our education partners and stakeholders to begin session with a clear idea of what’s needed in our public schools across the state.


Water, water everywhere, but ...

When the White Bear Lake Restoration Association and the White Bear Lake Homeowners’ Association sued the DNR two years ago over declining lake levels, very few expected the settlement that was reached this week between the two parties.  This rift between not only these associations and the DNR, but also between commercial developers and life-long residents are very complicated.   


Setting the stage for a growing economy

As Minnesota continues to make job gains – October’s unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent—communities across the state are thriving.  The Department of Employment and Economic Development announced recently that Minnesota employers added 9,500 jobs in October.
Over the past three months the state has added an impressive 28,300 jobs. This impressive growth has contributed to Minnesota’s recent recognition as one of the best states in the country for business growth.



A day to ‘Make a Difference’

On the fourth Saturday in October, millions of Americans and thousands of Minnesotans will unite to do good for others on Make A Difference Day. The nation’s largest day of community service has been celebrated for more than 20 years.  
Originally started by USA WEEKEND Magazine in collaboration with Points of Light, an organization dedicated to volunteer service, Make A Difference Day is about volunteers coming together regardless of age, location or resources who accomplish great things when they take on the problems in their communities.


World Teachers Day

Teachers and those who appreciate their significance in the world will celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Teachers Day on Oct. 5. This day is devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world.  I cannot overemphasize the importance of providing time to look at and address the issues facing both teachers, and students. Setting aside a day to celebrate this important profession was put together party because of many societies’ views on teachers and the lack of respect all too many educators receive.


The American Legion: serving for 95 years

The American Legion was created in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization that focused on service to veterans, service members and communities.  President Kennedy's quote above perfectly captures the Legion's mission of living by our words of gratitude to our service members.  It's been five years since Congress proclaimed Sept. 16 as American Legion Day, so I thought on the anniversary of the proclamation I would share some information about the Legion's long and important history.


Enjoying the many summertime events in Minnesota

Summertime in Minnesota is filled with fun events for everyone to enjoy. From great places to eat outdoors to wonderful festivals, Minnesotans really know how to make the most of the warm weather months.


Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to everyone graduating from high school, college and vocational school. This is an exciting milestone in your life that required many hours of hard work and dedication and I salute you for those efforts. It is time to celebrate on your wonderful achievement, reflect on what got you here and look forward to what your future holds.


Providing protection for cell phone owners

Following a rash of assaults on the University of Minnesota campus and the nation-wide increase in stolen cell phones and other portable devices, the Senate set out this session to find legislation that would offer cell phone owners some new protections. After working with college students, law enforcement and college campus leaders, two bills emerged as possible answers.


Time to go fishing!

For many Minnesotans, May 10 marks the beginning of a season full of fishing with families and friends. This great day is even more welcome this year, given our truly rugged winter. I spent many days of my youth on beautiful lakes and rivers in our great state and I encourage you to show other young Minnesotans the joys of fishing.


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