Monday, February 21, 2011 By Aaron Brown
Carly Melin to Take Oath of Office for the Minnesota House of Representatives at Hibbing City Hall on Tuesday, February 22nd at NOON.To my knowledge this will be the first time a state representative is sworn in on Iron Range terra ferma. (Anyone else have a precedent on that?) I'm in favor of this. This is not just a smart political move by Melin, but an important piece of symbolism.
Hibbing- Carly Melin will be sworn into the Office of Minnesota House of Representatives this Tuesday, February 22nd. The swearing in ceremony will be at noon at the Hibbing City Hall in the Council Chambers. The oath of office will be administered by the Honorable Gary J. Pagliaccetti, who has served as an Iron Range District Court Judge for over 20 years.
Melin said: "I am honored to take my oath of office right here in Hibbing. While I could have been sworn in in St. Paul, I wanted to be surrounded by members of my district when I pledge to serve them with honor and dignity. When I take my oath, I will be surrounded by citizens of Chisholm, Hibbing, Floodwood, Meadowlands, and folks are far South as Fredenberg Township. When I go to St. Paul I will be representing the people of Northern Minnesota, and that's why it's important for me to be sworn into office in the Northland."
All members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be cake and coffee following the swearing in.
In fact, all state representatives should be sworn on the Iron Range. One at a time. And before they are sworn in they should be made to wait in the basement of the Mountain Iron Public Library when they've turned down the heat to save money. And there should be an old woman down there praying in Croatian. The only words she speaks in English should be "dialysis" and "Lipitor." And also, yes, there should be cake and coffee.
Watch problems solve themselves after that.