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Gov. Tim Walz delivers historic State of the State Address

Updated: April 06, 2020 12:09 AM

Governor Tim Walz delivered a historic State of the State Address from home Sunday. The Address focused largely on Minnesota’s response to COVID-19.

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In his Address, Governor Walz proclaimed that Minnesotans would not just prepare for COVID-19. Rather, they would lead.

Walz said that the state will do this by increasing testing to better track the disease, as well as, work to obtain more ventilators, ICU beds and personal protective equipment.

In his Address, Walz acknowledged that it was difficult for Minnesotans to stay at home, but said: "Staying home is the only vaccine we have right now."

That being said, Walz praised a number of Minnesota companies, groups and individuals going above and beyond to help in the fight against COVID-19 including Mayo Clinic, 3M, Medtronic and hospitals across the state.

“The brilliant minds and hard work of Minnesotans will help lead the world’s response to this crisis,” Governor Walz said.

During his Address, Governor Walz addressed children specifically.

“What you are doing matters. Your sacrifice is keeping people safe. You are protecting people. Someday when you have children of your own, you will tell them about this moment in history and what you did to help the people of your state. Thank you,” Governor Walz said.

Additionally, Governor Walz addressed parents.

“This is hard for everyone. Take a deep breath. Be kind to yourself. We are all doing the best we can—and that’s all we can do,” Governor Walz said.

On the other side of the aisle, Republican House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt said he appreciated Walz's tone and said that he too wanted Minnesota to have a swift social and economic recovery from the pandemic

"I would agree with him that we certainly want to present a united front--Republicans join Democrats in not only wanting to fight and defeat COVID-19, but also make sure that we are back to normal as quickly as possible while still remaining safe," Daudt said.

Following these challenging times, Governor Walz said the state would be stronger and would value those we leaned on during this time including teachers, grocers, truck drivers, janitors and more.

“My promise is to continue to communicate my decisions, explain when we change course, and never stop fighting alongside you, the people of Minnesota,” Governor Walz said.

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