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Communications and Planning

Communications and Planning direct the agency’s communications and legislative affairs work. The division oversees the Minnesota Office of Continuous Improvement, which has delivered continuous improvement training to over 4000 public sector employees and coordinated over 300 ‘kaizen’ process improvement events. The division also partners with other public institutions, nonprofits, corporations, and other key partners to pursue innovative solutions and business efficiencies across state government.

200 Administration Building
50 Sherburne Ave
St. Paul, MN 55155

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Communications and Planning Contacts

Curt Yoakum
Assistant Commissioner, Communications and Planning
Phone: (651) 201-2771
Email: Curtis.Yoakum@state.mn.us

Julie Bayerl
Legislative Director
Phone: (651) 201-2568
Email: Julie.Bayerl@state.mn.us

Erik Anderson 
Legislative Liaison
Phone: (651) 201-2775 
EmailErik.Q.Anderson@state.mn.us

Julie Nelsen 
Communications Director
Phone: (651) 201-2565
Email: Julie.J.Nelsen@state.mn.us

Vic Thorstenson
Communications Officer
Phone: (651) 201-2770
Email: Victor.Thorstenson@state.mn.us

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