Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Sunday delivered an upbeat 2021 “State of the State” address and said brighter days are ahead as the state is on track to beat the coronavirus pandemic.
“The state of our state is strong, Minnesota,” Walz said in a speech streamed live from Mankato West High School, where he taught social studies before joining politics. “This is our goal-line stand. Get vaccinated. We are coming back.”
The governor’s speech comes in the wake of milestones the state has achieved in fighting the pandemic. The state has so far vaccinated 1.5 million people which includes 80% of seniors.
“To everyone who has lost someone they care about this year, Minnesota’s heart breaks for you,” said Gov. Walz.
The governor’s address to the state came a day before the trial of Derek Chauvin who is facing murder charges of kneeling on the late George Floyd and killing him.
Walz evoked the name of Martin Luther King Jr. when he said “Please, Minnesotans, make your voices heard. Practice your First Amendment right — but please heed Dr. King’s advice that nonviolence is the only way to truly move hearts and create change.”