Norm Coleman recently kvetched that Al Franken is seldom around in the state of Minnesota; Bluestem observed that the one-term wonder United States Senator probably doesn't read the same newspapers we do.
Today's Albert Lea Tribune is a case in point. Kelli Lageson reports in Sen. Franken talks farm issues during Sat. visit to Albert Lea:
Farmers, residents and local leaders met with Sen. Al Franken Saturday to discuss various agriculture issues during the legislator’s visit to Albert Lea.
Franken discussed the farm bill issue in both Albert Lea and St. Charles Saturday, though the talks also touched on other agriculture issues like conservation and biodiesel. Franken said he enjoyed that other topics came up and said he enjoys speaking with constituents in informal settings.
“The reason I’m here today is to hear from you,” Franken said. “There’s very little that doesn’t impact people in rural areas.”
Read the rest at the Tribune. Franken took a side visit to the building where he once attended grade school:
But his visit to Albert Lea wasn’t all business — Franken also visited the school where he went to kindergarten
But his visit to Albert Lea wasn’t all business — Franken also visited the school where he went to kindergarten, which is now Abbott Apartments. The building that’s more than a century old was formerly Abbott Elementary School, where Franken attended kindergarten and part of first grade before his family moved to St. Louis Park. Franken said he has fond memories of the school.
Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Randy Kehr said he appreciated that Franken took the time to talk with Freeborn County residents about farm issues.
“He was a good listener — it was a very good meeting,” Kehr said. “The people in Freeborn County, it’s important he hears what they have to say.
Photo: Franken goes back to his old school, now reused as an apartment building.
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