The Minnesota Senate returned to the Capitol on Tuesday and began the session by honoring three Minnesota National Guard members who perished in a helicopter crash near Kimball last December.

State Rep. Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria)  presented a Senate resolution honoring Chief Warrant Officer Charles Nord of Perham, Minnesota, who was among the fatalities.

Below you will find Senator Ingebrigtsen’s floor statement:

“My sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to the families of Chief Warrant Officer Charles Nord of Perham, Minnesota, and his two fellow Minnesota National Guard service members who tragically perished this December. The three servicemen were courageous members of our national guard, and their loss serves as a reminder of the sacrifices that men and women make to preserve our defense every single day. The legacy Chief Warrant Officer Charles Nord and his fellow servicemen will be forever remembered by our state and communities in northwest Minnesota.”

“Today, the Minnesota Senate and the State of Minnesota officially recognize Chief Warrant Officer Charles Paul Nord for his dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice to our state and country.”

Last month, Senate Republicans released their Vision 2020 agenda, outlining the Senate majority’s critical priorities for the 2020 session. While not a budget year, the legislature is expected to consider a capital investment bill, a supplemental budget, tax relief, and more. In addition, the Senate will consider measures related to health care costs, energy, public safety, roads and bridges, public infrastructure, job growth, and more.

“Just like 2018 and 2019, I am excited to hit the ground running as the 2020 session begins,” said Senator Ingebrigtsen. “I spent the past several months listening to what is on your mind – and the issues that are impacting your families. We have a lot to do, and I look forward to getting back to work to ensure that Minnesota is working for you.”