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Dayton, Klobuchar, Franken and Walz coming Saturday

April 12, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe

LUVERNE Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz will visit Rock and Nobles counties today to assess the damages from this week’s ice storm. Continue Reading

Franken visits Two Harbors

February 28, 2013 in Lake County News-Chronicle

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Sen. Al Franken, DFL-Minn., column: Minnesota must invest in workforce development

November 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In this increasingly competitive world, U.S. industry leaders and policy makers must to work together to produce enough well-trained workers to let employers continue to expand and innovate.
In short, without action to better prepare our work force for 21st Century jobs, we’ll be left behind. Continue Reading

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., column: Minnesota needs a Farm Bill

September 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

We need the House leadership to hear the voices of the nation’s farm and business leaders and let the House vote to enact a five-year Farm Bill. Continue Reading

Senate passes 2012 farm bill with 64-35 vote

June 21, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

WASHINGTON With unified support from Minnesota’s and North Dakota’s delegations, the 2012 farm bill passed the Senate on Thursday. Continue Reading

DFL CONVENTION NOTEBOOK: Legislative races key … Crystal worker speaks … Dayton thanks DFL … more

June 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

With President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar apparently doing well in Minnesota, those races may not pull as many Democratic volunteers and donors as in other years. Instead, longtime DFL activist Thom Peterson said, legislative races will be the driving force. Continue Reading

Franken visits Worthington, talks energy efficiency

April 2, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON On a trip through southwest Minnesota, Sen. Al Franken stopped in at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington Campus, Monday afternoon to talk about programs used to help retrofit businesses for energy efficiency. Continue Reading

Minnesotans in Congress transend political boundaries … for hot dish

March 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Who can resist Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Michele Bachmann, from opposite solar systems in the political universe, donning aprons and good-naturedly trading casserole recipes? Continue Reading

Franken: Mail cuts could mark ‘beginning of the end’

March 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Shuttering post offices and mail processing centers across Minnesota, including the sorting center in Bemidji, could lead to the end of the U.S. Postal Service, Sen. Al Franken said Thursday. Continue Reading

Sen. Franken aide: ‘Now’s the time’ for new farm bill

March 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Delays would hurt chances of approval, Franken aide says “Now’s the time to get it done,” said Al Juhnke, agriculture/energy field representative for Franken. Approving new legislation would become more difficult as Election Day this fall comes nearer, he said. Juhnke, a former Minnesota state legislator, talked about the 2012 farm bill Thursday afternoon at East Grand Forks City Hall. Representatives of Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., were present, too. Continue Reading