“As a parent and as a former teacher and as governor, this is one of the best days of the year.”

…Governor Tim Walz, welcoming returning students at University Avenue Elementary School in Blaine.  Kids are back in the classroom, with COVID precautions in place as the delta variant surges in Minnesota.  The governor is thanking teachers, staff, administrators, bus drivers, parents and students as a new school year begins.  He says there’s excitement, promise and hope — along with the jitters that of course go with the first day of school.