Bringing experienced and principled private sector leadership to St. Paul

It is a great disappointment to witness the ever increasing inability to solve the many problems facing Minnesota. Over the past many decades,
the growth of government as measured in dollars in Minnesota has more than tripled that of the consumer price index (CPI) as adjusted for
inflation. More than 40 years of gradual and onerous growth in state government has brought us to unsustainable levels of funding requirements
which the private sector economy cannot any longer afford. Minnesota ranks near the bottom of the 50 states at 45th, least competitive place to
do business. We should be encouraging business growth, start-ups and risk taking to generate the jobs and opportunities for its citizens.

Every productive tax-paying Minnesota household knows that as government grows, it demands more of their income, jeopardizes their future
ability to provide for themselves and threatens their security by reducing savings for future needs, including their children’s and for
a comfortable retirement.

Experienced and principled leadership is born from the private sector by having firsthand knowledge of the challenges of balancing budgets,
writing paychecks, paying operating expenses and regulatory costs, while creating a market and customer base resulting in jobs and employment
opportunities that provides the earnings and profits which ultimately generates tax revenues.

With your support, I am ready to continue bringing experienced and principled leadership to St. Paul acquired during my many decades as
entrepreneur, business owner and employer.

Jerry Hertaus

Community support an “everyday essential” for Rockford, Greenfield area volunteers

A ribbon cutting preceded the opening of a new nonprofit thrift store at the Rockford Mall, Everyday Essentials. Pictured here, right to left, are Jerry Hertaus, Greenfield Mayor; Dennis Doyle, Welsh Properties; Chuck Tryon and Annettte Tryon, volunteers; Brian Kesanen, EE Store Manager; Nancy Carswell, Rockford City Administrator. The store puts previously owned items back into circulation and funding into local community support programs.

Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 11:07 AM CST

RiverWorks, a community outreach program sponsored through Riverwood Covenant Church, opened the doors to its new nonprofit thrift store, Everyday Essentials, on Saturday, Jan. 16.

The store accepts donations of everyday items from clothing to small appliances, sells them to the public and uses the proceeds to fund programs that support the local community. The store is located at the Rockford Mall.

Store hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations are accepted during store hours, and on Wednesdays from 1 to 6 p.m.

5th Graders Dig Arbor Day

Fifth grade students at Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School join forces with the City of Greenfield to help plant trees on Arbor Day, April 29,2011.

The City of Greenfield held a kick-off event on Arbor Day to initiate the
beginning of their city park phased development, located on the corner of
Town Hall Drive and County Road 50. The first phase is to establish trees along the edges and periphery of the park land. Amy Same’s fifth grade class joined their efforts for a new park.

“Planting a tree is an act of faith in the future.” Greenfield Mayor Jerry Hertaus
said in a letter to the class, “Your involvement marked participation in the
very first trees planted upon our City Park.”

Principal Brenda Petersmeyer commented, “The students did a great job!
I received many positive comments about their help!”

The students enjoyed lunch with other community groups and then helped to plant three trees at the park. For more information on the Greenfield City Park project, contact the Greenfield City Hall at 763-477-6464.

Rocket Report, ISD #883 publication, May, 2011