by Dennis Dalman
Sartell Mayor Ryan Fitzthum read a city proclamation honoring State Sen. Jeff Howe at the close of the Aug. 26 City Council meeting.
Fitzthum noted Howe was recently honored as a Legislator of Distinction by the League of Minnesota Cities. The mayor said a proclamation from Sartell should concur with that recognition.
Fitzthum and others worked with Howe in the legislature on the food-and-beverage-tax issue and said Howe has helped Sartell in many other ways.
The League specifically cited Howe for his work for the state to help fund local components of transportation projects and for authoring a bill to extend insurance benefits for public servants wounded or killed in the line of duty.
Howe (R-Rockville) was elected to the District 13 Senate seat in 2018, the one left vacant when former Sen. Michelle Fischbach (R-Paynesville) became lieutenant governor of Minnesota. Before that, starting in 2012, Howe represented House District 13A in the state legislator until he competed for and won the senate position.
Author: Dennis Dalman
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.