Pollack family becomes sole owner of Central Valley Truck Center

Central Valley Truck Center, owned by the Howard and Pollack families since 1980, is excited to announce a change. The Pollack family has become sole owner of the second-generation family-owned truck sales and service company. To reflect this change and the company’s dedication to excellent customer service, the dealership has been renamed Affinity Truck Center.

To learn more, read this American Journal of Transportation article.

Survey in Cass Lake-Bena district shows strong support for school upgrades

In a recent community meeting, the majority of Cass Lake-Bena residents supported the school district’s plan to build a new elementary school building, among other proposed facility improvements and changes. The Cass Lake-Bena School District, located on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, has recommended plans to address space and infrastructure issues at their elementary school and learning center.

For more information, read this Bemidji Pioneer article.

Welcome, Najma!

A big welcome to Najma Ali, our Right Track intern for the summer. Right Track was launched in 2014 by Mayor Chris Coleman in collaboration with Saint Paul Public Schools and the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. The program provides career exploration and training opportunities for youth in Saint Paul to prepare them for success in the workforce. Najma is an outstanding addition to our team, and we are glad to have her.

The 17th Annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival at the Ordway

Since 2001, the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery has sponsored the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival in downtown Saint Paul. This annual family event attracts approximately 50,000 children and families each year and gives them the opportunity to experience puppetry, dance, music, magicians, acrobatics, and culture from all over the world.

This year’s festival Family Weekend is June 3-4. Learn more and see the school events leading up to festival weekend in this Twin Cities Live segment.

Legislative Session 2017: Down to the wire … and still not done

Despite the hectic session, the Goff Public government relations team secured significant victories for our clients on issues ranging from education to public safety to liquor.

The 2017 session was definitely one for the books – and it is likely not finished yet. After failing to pass all of the budget bills before the required adjournment deadline, the Legislature went into a special session to pass its remaining bills – but not without the inclusion of some controversial provisions.

In response to what he called a “reprehensible sneak attack,” Governor Dayton exercised his line-item veto power to eliminate the Legislature’s funding effective July 1, 2017. The House and Senate do have some financial reserves, but not enough to function until the 2018 session, set to begin on February 20. This unusual action could force another special session – or result in legal action, which Speaker Daudt has already suggested.

With the session nearly behind us, it’s never to early to start planning for 2018. Contact our Director of Government Relations Elizabeth Emerson for more information.