Gov. Walz delivers State of the State from Mankato classroom

Governor Tim Walz delivered his state of the State address from a Mankato classroom Sunday.

Walz said brighter days are coming in respect to COVID-19 and he pushed for Minnesotans to get their vaccines.

Walz also thanked Minnesota’s seniors for their resiliency during a year of isolation amid the pandemic.

Walz said the state’s economy is booming back, and the state has fared well during the pandemic, citing a number of national studies.

Walz also spoke on racial inequities, and while Minnesota ranks near the top for a white child to grow up in, the state ranks among the worst for children of color.

A small group of protesters, holding signs against Gov. Walz’s executive powers, gathered outside Mankato West High School before Walz gave his address.

Watch the full address on this YouTube link, the address begins about 16 minutes in.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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