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Status Report: Resorts, veterans, commissions

Here are highlights from Minnesota government and politics over the past few days, as well as a peek at what may lie ahead.

Resorts: Small resorts were the focus of Lt. Gov. Tina Smith’s visit to the Bemidji area on Wednesday. She got an idea of what a typical day for resort owners is like from Ed and Joanne Fussy, who own Pimushe Resort near Bemidji. Then Smith took part in a roundtable discussion with other owners of small resorts to learn more about the industry. In Minnesota 800 resorts generated $280 million in gross sales in 2014.

Veterans: Reps. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake, Roz Peterson, R-Lakeville,  Drew Christensen, R-Burnsville, Tony Albright, R-Prior Lake, and Bob Loonan, R-Shakopee, held a public meeting with veterans Wednesday in Shakopee to discuss veterans issues, including a tax cut that was part of the supplemental budget bill (Chapter 189, HF 2749) that Gov. Dayton signed into law on June 1. The law ends a state tax on veterans’ pension benefits. They also talked about efforts to address mental health issues and how to assist disabled veterans. Dettmer chairs the House Veterans Affairs Division.

Sports facilities: The Legislative Commission on Minnesota Sports Facilities was set to meet June 30. On the agenda: A discussion of the future of the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Sports Facilities.

What’s next: Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to return Sunday from his trip to Croatia, marking a 20-year partnership between that country’s military and the Minnesota National Guard. No special session talks with legislative leaders are in the offing. The Legislative Water Commission meets at the University of Minnesota on July 7. And we now know who will replace state Supreme Court Associate Justice Christopher Dietzen after he retires at the end of August: Anne McKeig, now a Hennepin County judge.

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