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2013 Rural Legislative Forum

Written by: Kent Thiesse

“Keeping Rural Minnesota Relevant during the Next Decade” is the theme of the 31st annual Rural Legislative Forum on Thursday, December 12, from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the South Central College, 1920 Lee Blvd., North Mankato. Registration cost for the Forum is $10.00 per person, which includes a pork chop dinner prepared by the Nicollet County Pork Producers, and all printed materials. Advance registration is requested prior to December 12. 


The keynote speaker of the Forum will be Brad Finstad, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Policy and Development at St. Peter, Minnesota. He will focus his comments on a study completed earlier this year by the Center titled : “The State of the State of Rural Minnesota”. The Response Panel will include Jim Mulder, former Executive Director of the Association of Minnesota Counties; John Monson, Vice President of Investments in Rural America for AgStar Financial Services; Chuck Phillips, Regional Director for USDA Rural Development in Minnesota; and Matt Lantz, corn, soybean and hog producer from Lake Crystal, Minnesota. State Legislators that represent South Central Minnesota in the 2013 State Legislative session have been invited to participate in a State Legislative Panel from 6:45-8:00 p.m. There will be ample time for questions and discussion throughout the Forum.


To register for the Forum, or for more information, contact the Blue Earth County Extension Office by phone at (507) 304-4325, or by e-mail at: