This weekend, people will have an opportunity to meet with lawmakers and industry leaders during the Tall Timber Days celebration in Grand Rapids.
On Saturday, there will be a large tent set up on the southwest corner of the lawn at Old Central School downtown Grand Rapids. Local legislators will join representatives from U.S. Steel, Rajala Timber Co., Fight for Mining Minnesota, and more. The hope is people will visit the tent and take time to rest from festivities and talk about issues including the current job market and job openings.
On Sunday, U.S. Congressman Pete Stauber will join State Representative Sandy Layman and State Senator Justin Eichorn in the Tall Timber Days Parade through Grand Rapids. Following the parade the lawmakers will be available for a meet and greet at the tent at Old Central School. People are encouraged to stop by the tent Sunday and make use of the opportunity to speak with their lawmakers about their concerns on a state and/or national level.
A major proponent for the mining industry, Congressman Stauber was influential in securing a lease renewal for Twin Metals with the Bureau of Land Management and the final Army Corps of Engineers permit for PolyMet. He introduced H.R. 527, the Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act in support of PolyMet. Stauber has also brought key Western Caucus officials to visit Minntac and PolyMet and has fought back against assault on the mining industry during the budget and committee process.