Horn: Enjoy ‘Winter Free Fishing Weekend’ Feb. 14-15

Horn200x300LANSING—In an effort to increase awareness of Michigan’s great fishing, the state offers two weekends each year when residents and out-of-state visitors can get together and enjoy fishing – at no charge.

“The free fishing weekend is an excellent time for Michigan families and out-of-state visitors to enjoy some of the world’s best fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters,” said state Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “It is also a terrific time to introduce the joy of fishing to children or for people to simply get away from the stress of life and enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors.”

During the upcoming weekend, on Feb. 14-15, all fishing license fees will be waived. However, all fishing regulations will still apply.

“Michigan is home to more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes,” Horn said. “I encourage residents from Flushing to Freeland to get outdoors to experience the beautiful natural resources with friends and family before the upcoming walleye festivals.”

For more information on this winter’s Free Fishing Weekend, including safety tips and a list of activities across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

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Sen. Horn applauds governor’s call for increase in skilled trade funding

Horn200x300LANSING—State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, chairman of the Senate Economic and International Investment Committee, issued the following statement Wednesday after listening to Gov. Rick Snyder’s fiscal year 2016 state budget presentation.

“I am pleased that the governor’s budget plan continues to be fiscally responsible while also maintaining investments to increase support for the key priorities of educating our students, addressing our infrastructure needs and keeping our communities safe.

“One of the top factors that could foster Michigan’s economic growth is filling the skilled trade gap. As manufacturers and builders create jobs, we need to be able to fill those jobs. Governor Snyder has pointed out for four years that one of our top priorities needs to be making sure our young people are trained for the great opportunities that are available in skilled trades.

“I was thrilled to again hear the governor echo these recommendations. With an $83 million total recommended investment for skilled-trade-related programs, we hope to see more funding for technical training, student outreach and resources to get people placed into skilled jobs.

“As the governor also mentioned in his State of the State address, we must do more to protect the safety of our citizens. I could not agree more, which is why I am pleased Governor Snyder called for funding to train an additional 75 Michigan state troopers as well as an additional ten motor-carrier officers. Paired with the requested infrastructure updates, we can make public safety departments across Michigan more efficient and effective.

“Michigan has made great strides over the past few years and one of the many reasons for that is a sound budget process where many tough choices have been made. We need to continue using a ‘kitchen table’ style process to ensure we are paying our bills, managing our expenses responsibly, saving where we can and making wise investments to make our state stronger.”

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Horn, Moolenaar present Frankenmuth students with Rotary Club’s ‘Volunteers of the Year’ award

LANSING—State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar to the Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club’s weekly breakfast meeting on Wednesday.

Horn was joined by Congressman Moolenaar and Superintendent of Frankenmuth Schools, Mary Anne Ackerman, to present the “Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club Youth Volunteers of the Year” award to this year’s winners: Mark Sylvester and Abigail Vaughn of Frankenmuth High School.

The Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at Zehnders of Frankenmuth for breakfast at 6:45 a.m., and meetings begin at 7 a.m. Please visit www.fmrotary.com for more information.

A print-quality photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorKenHorn.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

Photo Caption: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, (right) U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar (center) and Frankenmuth Schools Superintendent Mary Anne Ackerman (left) presented the “Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club Youth Volunteers of the Year” award at the club’s weekly breakfast meeting to this year’s winners: Mark Sylvester and Abigail Vaughn of Frankenmuth High School.

Photo Courtesy of Karen Zehnder at Rummel Studios.

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Sen. Horn welcomes Chaplain Karlene Hattrick to state Capitol to lead Senate invocation

LANSING—State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomes Chaplain Karlene Hattrick of Frankenmuth American Legion Post 150 to the Michigan Capitol. Hattrick (center right) was joined by Senior Vice Commander Dave Hoffman (right) and Junior Vice Commander Art Diffin of Frankenmuth American Legion Post 150 as she delivered the Senate invocation Thursday morning.

A print-quality photograph of Horn welcoming Thursday’s guests is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorKenHorn.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

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