Pitching the commish
Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger visited Caledonia Elementary School on Monday, July 31, kicking off his sixth annual slate of “Pitch the Commissioner” events.
Ehlinger met with nearly 30 people, including Houston County Commissioner Fred Arnold, Houston County Human Services director John Pugleasa, Houston County Public Health/Nursing director Mary Marchel, Caledonia Public Schools Elementary principal Gina Meinertz, and others, including other county employees and interested citizens.
Following a talk on the challenges of improving the overall health of local communities, Ehlinger pitched horseshoes with attendees.
“I go around the state pitching horseshoes with folks, because I find that Minnesotans talk better when they’re not looking at you right in the eye…” the commissioner said. “It’s much better to talk while they’re doing something and you’re walking back and forth.
“Pitch me ideas on what works in your community, and what doesn’t work… We want to know what to do at the state level to help, because one of my goals is to have a strong state/local partnership.