Monthly Archives: November 2013

Can You Believe This?


Can you believe this? Just six months ago, Governor Dayton signed into law the creation of MNSure, Minnesota’s implementation of Obamacare. He was among the first of several Democrat governors to fall in lockstep with President Obama.

Apparently, our Governor didn’t read the bill.
Now Dayton says the program isn’t working and the number of Minnesotans adversely affected by the federal law is “staggering.”

  • After spending more than $150 million of YOUR money, not a single Minnesotan has been able to complete the enrollment process and pay for new coverage.
  • At least 140,000 Minnesotans have received letters from their current insurers informing them their plans will be discontinued.
  • As many as 1 in 20 Minnesotans will be forced to give up policies they like, with doctors of their choosing, and forced into more expensive policies that cover services they don’t need.

When asked about a 56 year old man being required to purchase maternity care, Dayton replied, “it defies common sense.”
Attempting to distance himself from a president whose approval numbers are tanking, Dayton told reporters that he has little influence as governor, but, he said, “the president promised that if people like their current policy, they could keep it.”
Little influence? Perhaps Governor Dayton should take another look at his job description. He didn’t have to sign MNSure into law forcing millions of Minnesotans to change their health care coverage.

Not one Republican voted for Obamacare. Not one. Governor Dayton brought Obamacare to Minnesota and he needs to take responsibility for the results of implementing the federal program through MNSure.
~ Republican Party of Minnesota


Rep. Mary Franson (08B) – Legislative Update

Dear neighbor,

Happy Deer Opener! My family is ready to go out and mark the beginning of deer hunting season tomorrow! My boys are quite excited to be able to go out with the family hunting!

For more information on the Deer Hunting Opener, you can go to the DNR’s website.

Be safe, stay warm, and have fun!


On Monday, we honor those who have served our country in uniform for Veterans Day. Words can’t express how much appreciation I have for those who have risked their lives defending the freedoms we hold dear.

Our veterans are my heroes. They inspire me. As a mom of three children, I worry about my kids every day. With the character of the men and women who choose to join the military, I rest easy knowing our nation is in good hands. Thank you, veterans, for what you’ve given our country. Thank you for keeping our families safe. Thank you for keeping my kids safe.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Happy Veterans Day.



Sen. Torrey Westrom (12) – Veteran’s Day remembered

Dear Friends,

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day in 1938 to mark the anniversary of the ending of World War I. Not until 1954 did we officially proclaim it Veterans Day in order to pay tribute to the more than sixteen and a half million Americans who served in the second great war.

On November 11th, we remember and honor those who have sacrificed to protect our freedom in wars past, and those who continue to sacrifice to make the world a safer place. It is a day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military, in wartime, and/or in peacetime.

We should not take for granted the great sacrifices our men and women of the military make on a daily basis. The job of a soldier is a hard one. Many times it takes them away from their family, friends, and other loved ones. Countless soldiers put their lives on the line and their personal lives on hold for our great nation. The common soldier does not do his or her job for money, recognition, or fame. He or she sees the bigger picture and is willing to serve to preserve our freedom and the freedom of others.

Most of us know someone who has served in uniform. Many of them are quiet about their service, but they have all contributed greatly to the cause of securing our liberty. We owe them all a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.

This Veterans’ Day, please take the time to thank a veteran and assure them that their sacrifices were not in vain. I offer up a heartfelt thanks to all veterans.

Warm regards,

Senator Torrey Westrom
District 12
107 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-3826
(855) 407-7386

Rep. Paul Anderson (12B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

A shortage of propane gas is posing problems for farmers who need dryer gas for their wet corn, and also causing concerns for homeowners who heat their homes with LP.

The good news is experts say this situation should not be a factor in this winter’s heating season. The propane supply is saved first for home heating, then for animal and livestock systems that require heating, followed by grain drying. A new monthly allocation will take place Friday and should be adequate into the future.

The propane shortage was sudden, as cooperatives and other retailers had what they thought was an adequate supply as recently as a couple of weeks ago. Harvest times typically are staggered throughout the Midwest, but the late spring and wet planting season delayed the harvest in places like Indiana and Illinois. By the time those farmers got in the field, crops in states like Minnesota were ready for harvest, creating a spike in propane demand and driving a shortage.

Another factor is the reversal of the Cochin pipeline, which has been reduced to 50 percent of its normal propane capacity. This pipeline originates in western Canada and has a terminal in Benson. Because of that Benson location, it has been a primary source of LP  gas in our part of Minnesota for many years. It is being prepared to transport condensate to the Alberta tar sands area, impacting the amount of propane available locally.

Some co-ops are encouraging people to drive as far as Kansas, Nebraska and North Carolina, where there is a greater supply of propane. Whether the trucks are making longer runs south for product or sitting in line at the terminals, it will take more time per load and trucks will not be able to haul as many loads per day. 

Here is some good news and some steps that are being taken to alleviate the temporary supply shortage:


  • ·         The harvest is either wrapping up or making good progress in many areas of southern Minnesota. This will relieve some of the pressure on the demand side.
  • ·         On Oct. 23, Gov. Mark Dayton issued an Executive Order that suspends the hours-of-service restrictions for propane truck drivers for 14 days.
  • ·         Terminals and retailers dependent upon supply from the Cochin pipeline will receive a new monthly allocation beginning this Friday.

It appears as if this propane crunch could be alleviated soon. Roger Leider, executive director of the Minnesota Propane Gas Association, indicated supply levels will be adequate to meet demand within a week. Again, the new monthly allocation should relieve the propane shortage.

The Cochin pipeline reversal could lead to supply issues in 2014 and beyond, however. There has been talk of a stakeholder group forming to explore ways to prevent supply shortages, which may or may not involve legislation.

I will keep you posted as this issue develops.