- 7 a.m. – Free pancake & sausage breakfast with a program at 9:15 a.m. in honor of Workers Memorial observance. Duluth Labor Temple, 2002 London Road, Freeman and Wellstone Halls.
- 8:45 a.m. – Sen. Amy Klobuchar will meet with Minnesota turkey growers and other key officials in Litchfield to discuss the response to the spread of avian flu. Meeker County Family Services Center, 114 North Holcombe Ave., Litchfield.
- 11 a.m. – Mayors representing 21 Minnesota cities will conduct a press conference on to urge state leaders to pass transportation funding legislation that includes dedicated funding for the construction and maintenance of city streets. To date, more than 180 city councils from all areas of the state have passed supporting resolutions.
- 11:30 a.m. – Observance of Workers Memorial Day, Pub 500, 500 S. Front St., Mankato.
- Noon – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
- 3 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will convene an emergency meeting of the Governor’s Executive Council. The Executive Council will consider extending for up to 30 days the peacetime emergency declared on April 23, 2015, in the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 15-09, which provided emergency relief in response to the presence of H5N2 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Minnesota.
- 3:30 p.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
- 4:30 p.m. – Spaghetti benefit dinner for the Iron Five. On January 1, 2015, five workers at SMI in Cloquet went on strike. Management is refusing to sit down with the workers, having told the federal mediator that they will come back to the table “when the union comes back to its senses.” The Carlton County Central Labor Body invites the community to join them in a fundraiser for the Iron Five. Cloquet Labor Temple, 1403 Avenue C, Cloquet.
- 6 p.m. – Common Sense Economic Training – Worthington. This free program is open to the public and will engage attendees on the economic issues facing communities across America in 2015. Learn how to identify, consider, and take action to align the immigration system with working people’s values. Common Sense Economics equips attendees with a strong foundational knowledge of how the current climate of growing economic inequality developed, and how we can begin to move towards economic policy that works for all Americans. MN West Community & Technical College, 1450 Collegeway, LARC Bldg., Worthington.
- 6:30 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the Grand Opening Ceremony of Olympus Brooklyn Park.
- David Johnson, the Governor General of Canada, is in town and will speak at the Economic Club of Minnesota.
- Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and pay fair wages and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future. It’s time for our country to fulfill the promise of safe jobs for all.
- 8:30 a.m. – MnDOT Rochester Truck Station, 2900 48th St NW, Rochester.
- Noon – Workers Memorial Garden, State Capitol.
- 5:30 p.m. – Grand Forks (North Dakota) – Northern Valley Labor Council, Bringewatt Park, 2205 24th Ave. S, Grand Forks.
- 6 p.m. Apple Valley – Dakota County Labor Assembly, Lebanon Cemetery, the Monument to Fallen Workers, County Road 42 and Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley.
- 11:30 a.m. – State Central Committee meets, Carpenter’s Hall, 70 Olive St., St. Paul.
Save the date
- May 16 – The DFL African-American Caucus will meet at 10 a.m., Golden Thyme Coffee House, 921 Selby Ave, St. Paul.
Events you won’t want to miss!
- June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
- June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last.
Capitol Chatter: How are things going at Minnesota Legislature? Don’t ask, Grand Forks Herald
Hot Dish: How legislators define Minnesotans, Star Tribune
Another Minnesota government shutdown? At this rate, maybe, Pioneer Press
Look at what we’ll get with a Republican president. Let’s keep a Democrat in the White House!
Rare Minnesota agriculture emergency declared, Morris Sun Tribune
Editorial: Avian flu impact is serious for state, West Central Tribune
Officials promise more help to fight avian influenza, West Central Tribune
Asphyxiation used to kill condemned poultry, West Central Tribune
Now we know he’s good enough, Esquire
Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Stemming the tide against Alzheimer’s Disease, Morris Sun Tribune
Drivers’ licenses for all
They’re young and talented, and leaving Minnesota, Star Tribune
Our view: Don’t ignore needs of Greater Minnesota, Winona Daily News
Pilots picket at MSP, protest Sun Country’s ‘unacceptable’ offer, Union Advocate
Two road plans may soon come to an intersection, Hutchinson Leader
Local transportation needs: safe roads, dedicated funds, Alexandria Echo Press
White House Correspondents’ Association
Final-quarter play: Obama aims playful jabs at press, political foes during annual dinner, U.S. News and World Report
The Hill’s 2015 WHCD Party recap, The Hill
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