News release: Commissioner Ehlinger to pitch horseshoes, public health in Crookston

News Release
August 13, 2015

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Commissioner Ehlinger to pitch horseshoes, public health in Crookston

Pitch the Commissioner event set for Wednesday, August 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Minnesota Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger will visit Crookston on the morning of Wednesday, August 26, for the latest in his series of popular “Pitch the Commissioner” events, where he talks about public health with community members over a friendly game of horseshoes.

Polk County Public Health and Norman-Mahnomen Public Health are hosting the event, which will start with a tour of the Castle Park Natural Play Space, which is located off Castle Street in Crookston, and a tour of the Community Gardens on Riverside. Following the tours, the Commissioner will be pitching horseshoes at the Highland Complex, which is located off of Barrette Street.

Participants will be able to pitch their ideas to Commissioner Ehlinger about improving the public health in their community and how the state can help them accomplish their goals, while pitching horseshoes. The games of horseshoes will be followed by a presentation at the Town Square Pavilion by Commissioner Ehlinger, who will engage local officials and community members in a discussion on “What Does Minnesota Need to be Healthy?” The pavilion is located on the corner of East Third Street and North Ash Street.

A focus of this year’s “Pitch the Commissioner” series will be what the state can do to strengthen communities’ capacity to create their own healthy future. Commissioner Ehlinger says the goal of “Pitch the Commissioner” is to create a conversation between local officials, community members and state government officials, about how to advance public health around the state by starting in communities.

“Pitching horseshoes is a fun and easy way for people to be physically active and engage in conversation at the same time.” Commissioner Ehlinger said, “I want to hear what Minnesotans have to say about what their communities need to be healthy and I want to highlight the achievements of local public health.” 

All “Pitch the Commissioner” events have a similar format but are tailored to highlight the area’s public health initiatives. Events are planned and carried out in partnership with local public health officials.

This is the fourth year of the Pitch the Commissioner series. Previous summers have featured visits across the state, from Winona to Marshall to Grand Portage. This year, in addition to Crookston, Commissioner Ehlinger is visiting Hennepin County, Washington County, Dawson, and International Falls.


Media inquiries:

Michael Schommer
MDH Communications