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Panel discussion will examine the role of government in Minnesota

State Sen. John Marty ’78 is one of three St. Olaf alumni who will participate in a panel discussion on the role of government in Minnesota.

St. Olaf College will host a panel discussion this Friday, September 25, titled The Role of Government in a Free, Fair, and Prosperous Minnesota.

The panel will feature three St. Olaf alumni who have played a key role in shaping policy at the state capitol: Sen. John Marty ’78 (D-Roseville), former House Speaker Steve Sviggum ’73 (R-Kenyon), and former Assistant Majority Leader Ember Reichgott Junge ’74 (D-New Hope).

Star Tribune political columnist Lori Sturdevant, who has covered state politics and government for more than 30 years, will serve as moderator.

The discussion, which will be streamed and archived online, is free and open to the public. It will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Viking Theater.

The panel is co-sponsored by St. Olaf College’s Institute for Freedom and Community, which aims to foster intellectual inquiry and meaningful discussion of important political and social issues, and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

Marty — who will be honored this weekend with an Alumni Achievement Award from St. Olaf — and Sviggum and Reichgott Junge, who are past alumni award recipients, will discuss the role of government, markets, and society in the creation of a free, fair, and prosperous Minnesota.