I grew up in rural Council Bluffs, Iowa. We were not a farm family, but the housing development where we lived was surrounded by farm fields on all four sides. It was a GREAT place to grow up. We were less than a mile from the Missouri River, with its woods, trails, wildlife, and ponds. As Boy Scouts, we did a lot of camping there. And later, it was a great place to ride dirt bikes.
We did all the stuff kids do when you grow up without much money–paper route, walking beans, tractor work, and later, working in the areas small businesses.
My mom was an ‘admin’ at the local junior college, and my dad owned and operated a couple of small businesses. I spent a good bit of my high school years pumping gas, changing tires, etc. at the family service station.
I attended college at University of Iowa—and graduated with a degree in Finance; Over time, I took more training as an accountant—earning my CPA certificate in 1984.
I am retired now after 38 years in business. My wife, Vicki, and I recently celebrated out 40th anniversary. We have three kids and eight grandkids—all living in this state.
The big question–Why run? The first reason has a lot to do with those kids and grandkids. I have concerns for their long-term prosperity—and I don’t believe our state is headed in the right direction in that regard.
Second–Because now I have time to serve. That was not always the case when working professionally and raising a family.
Third—To see that rural MN gets a fair shake in St. Paul. I don’t think Gov Dayton and his big-city political friends really give much thought to greater MN—or to the effects their policies have out here.
…ESPECIALLY in border areas such as ours—where we struggle to compete with next-door neighbors that have more favorable tax and business climates.
Finally—to provide a choice to voters wanting something other than ‘Business as Usual’ in St Paul—the family, business-owner, farmer, or wage earners who feel their voices are drowned out by big money interests.
“Our plan for prosperity: It all starts with a job.”
The central theme of our campaign is A Plan for Prosperity: It all starts with a job. I am very much a believer in the opportunities available to the people of this country and this great state. Minnesota is already a prosperous state—blessed with great natural resources and smart, ambitious people. The great question—and the object of much of our political debates is: What can the State of Minnesota do to improve on that—to maximize opportunities for its citizens?
There are two answers to this question: Jobs and people ready to fill them
First, state government should be focused on putting in place good environments for transportation, regulation, and taxation. This is what encourages individuals and companies to invest here—to start businesses, grow businesses, or move here from other locales.
Second, the state must focus on building a world-class education system that equips Minnesotans for these opportunities, provides an ability to grow with them, and build long-term personal prosperity.
- Basic skills—reading, writing, math, and science—Which are important whether the student is college bound or plans to build a lucrative career in skilled trades
- Support for the idea of life-long learning—because the rapid pace of technological advancement demand a continuous building of knowledge and skills
- Cost control and accountability for all of our institutions of post-high school education to make it more affordable
If you want to know more about me—and where I stand on a number of important issues take a few minutes to have a look at the articles below…”Dennis on the Issues”. Or go to News/Issues section. These are a series of articles I wrote and published in the Austin Daily Herald and other local newspapers.
Dennis on the Issues
From the opening days of this campaign, I have been meeting with many people from our community to educate myself…to find out more about how state government affects their lives. I have heard stories of how it has helped–and how it has hurt. I would LOVE to talk to you, and hear your ideas and experience. Call or email me, and we can make time to talk.
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