Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is starting a new program to visit cities around the state.
She’s calling it “Bringing the Capitol to Greater Minnesota,” and it begins Aug. 8 with a stop in Hastings.
(It’s hard to consider Hastings to be exactly Greater Minnesota, though, being in Dakota County which is one of the seven metro area counties. It’s a 22-mile drive to Hastings from the Capitol.)
The second stop is Marshall on Aug. 10 and 11. That’s really Greater Minnesota, in southwest Minnesota, 162 miles from the Capitol.
Goal of the tours: to provide Minnesota residents with the opportunity to connect with state leaders in their own community. On each stop, Prettner Solon will join commissioners and local legislators for a town hall listening session, hold office hours providing the opportunity for one-on-one meetings and visit local initiatives.
At 1 p.m. Monday in Hastings she’ll be with state Sen. Katie Sieben, Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Ken Peterson, and Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel at Jaycee Park, 420 Lock and Dam Road.
In Marshall, the stop includes a town hall meeting on Wednesday, and a tour and office hours on Thursday.