LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Discussions took on something of a bleak tone when the plight of families — particularly young, rural and working parents — came up during discussion. “People are desperate,” said Christine Gesme of Harmony House of Little Falls, who noted she no longer adds more parents to her waiting list of 150 families. “I’ve had people asking me when was a good time for them to get pregnant. That’s real and that’s a real odd conversation. What do you tell these families who just want to work and raise their children?”
BRAINERD, Minn. — “I’m sorry we’ve got you lined up with numbers like the state penitentiary,” drawled Lesley Travers, the hearing’s third-party moderator. “But, it’s the only way we can ensure everyone gets their chance to speak and be heard.”
BRAINERD, Minn. — Capitol Hill is buzzing — ushering in a new Congress, with an ongoing government shutdown looming around legislative proceedings — and in the midst of this is Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Duluth, the 8th District’s new freshman congressman. Stauber, 52, spoke in a phone interview during a short respite in his schedule-packed days. “It’s humbling and surreal, but it’s just a privilege and an honor serving the 600,000-and- something people from Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District,” Stauber said. He was sworn into office on Jan. 3.