By now most of you have heard that Senator Julie Rosen will retire from the Senate at the end of this term.

She says: Representing the people of Southern Minnesota for two decades has been a tremendous honor and I have treasured my time in the Senate. The friendships I made throughout my tenure will carry on, and I thank every one of my constituents who blessed me with the opportunity to serve them. I also want to thank my family for their unwavering support over the years. I’m looking forward to spending more time with them at the end of this session.

I’m proud of the work I did for our state and region including critical work to improve mental healthcare, combat the opioid and meth epidemic, build the Vikings Stadium, pension reform, balance state budgets, and so much more.

Thank you again for the privilege of serving you. It has been my honor.

She also issued this statement about Congressman Hagedorn.

In Memory of Congressman Hagedorn

We received the tragic news last week that Congressman Hagedorn passed away after his battle with kidney cancer.

Nobody, and I mean nobody, worked harder than Jim Hagedorn. He was a true statesman who loved the people he represented, and it was an honor working with him. My condolences to his wife Jennifer and his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.