Governor Walz visits Duluth for a statewide tour; talks about the state of COVID-19 in Minnesota
DULUTH, MN – Gov. Tim Walz visited Duluth on Thursday to kick off his 2021 local jobs and projects tour.
The tour aims to highlight bridging projects across the state of Minnesota that are being considered for funding in the 2022 legislative session.
The restoration of the Duluth dike was part of Walz’s $ 1.9 billion bond bill in 2020.
Strong winds and big waves flooded Canal Park several times in 2018 and 2019
Emily Vikre, co-owner of the Vikre Distillery in Canal Park, said the flooding forced her business and others to temporarily shut down.
âAfter we came back here and started a business, we had three floods that flooded Lake Avenue, filled our basements with water, forced us to close,â Vikre said.
Walz’s held a press conference during his visit near the sea wall, highlighting the impact a successful liaison project can have on a city’s economy and well-being.
“The idea of âânot rebuilding this dike for everything it does, from recreation to port stability to the economic impact it has on local businesses is just unwise not to do so. “Walz said at Thursday’s press conference.
Mayor Larson also expressed gratitude for the funding provided by the 2020 bill, saying it helped the city start working on an increasingly important plan.
âI’ve always appreciated that Governor Walz and the administration really hear and prioritize Duluth’s needs as well as the many needs of the state of Minnesota,â she said.
Walz has yet to announce the next steps for his tour.
He also addressed COVID-19 in the state, as Minnesota continues to see an increase in cases and a shortage of intensive care beds.
He called on the Republican-controlled state Senate for a lack of action on COVID prevention measures.
âThree weeks ago I said to do these things now so that we don’t have a seizure in mid-October and we sat here,â Walz said.
After the press conference, Walz visited the DECC COVID testing site to thank frontline workers and hear about their experience.
According to the governor, he plans to announce a further push for statewide testing availability in the coming days.
âWe are going to massively expand our testing capability across Minnesota. Once again, we have built the strongest testing system in the country, we will restore it,â he said.
Walz also stressed the importance of getting vaccinated.
“There is no excuse for this because we have a vaccine now. 87% of people hospitalized are not vaccinated and today all 25 have died, and this has been the case in about 99% of those. case, âhe said.