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Tim and Elaine Anderson, Dilworth, Published April 20 2013

Letter: Thanks for help from politicians

We want to take this opportunity to thank Sen. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, Minn., and Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, for taking the time during the legislative break to visit Serenity Assisted Living in Dilworth. We also wish to take the time to thank Dilworth Mayor Chad Olson and Clay County Commissioner Frank Gross and other city and county members who have supported Serenity Assisted Living.

The Legislature plays a critical role in regulating facilities like ours, and what we can charge and offer, so it is important for legislators like Sen. Eken and Rep. Marquart to visit and see how we are serving the senior citizens of our community. A bipartisan coalition of legislators have stood together to tell our seniors and their caregivers that they will be a priority in the Minnesota budget this biennium. For us, that means at least a 5 percent increase in each of the next two years just to keep up with costs.

We need Sen. Eken and Rep. Marquart to help make sure that support for seniors in St. Paul is real, not just talk. The budget targets recently released by legislative leaders make us nervous that seniors will be taken for granted and forgotten in this budget.

Sen. Eken and Rep. Marquart, we implore you to encourage your leadership to fight for seniors in St. Paul the way you said you would when you visited on March 27.

For the residents and staff, Serenity Assisted Living, a family-owned and operated assisted living facility.