Ever hear that phrase? "The harder I work, the luckier I get." It's a saying that's been attributed to many, but may be most familiar here in Northwest Minnesota to hockey fans, as it was a favorite expression of Thief River Falls native and philanthropist Ralph Engelstad. I won't ever be able to claim the same success as Engelstad, but I share his belief that hard work is the key to making the most of our opportunities. Like him, I also believe in the importance of helping to ensure we're providing high-quality opportunities for success to those who come after us, and to those born without the advantages that allow our hard work to bear fruit.
Our Northwest Minnesota communities were built by taking advantage of opportunities provided by our nation's founders: high-quality public education, liberty to pursue our dreams free from discrimination and inequality, and public-private partnerships to develop infrastructure in areas like ours, where private enterprise and small businesses and farms can thrive if given the chance and a level playing field. I'll work to make sure the State of Minnesota continues to give us the same tools our parents and grandparents had, and we'll all take care of the rest the same way we always have: by working hard, together.