The Minnesota House of Representatives was well represented here last Wednesday afternoon  when their Capital Investment Committee made an extended stop here in Granite. That committee was on a dead run that day starting out in St. Cloud  before  traveling to New London, Willmar, Canby and then to Granite and finally on to Olivia.


    The Minnesota House of Representatives was well represented here last Wednesday afternoon  when their Capital Investment Committee made an extended stop here in Granite. That committee was on a dead run that day starting out in St. Cloud  before  traveling to New London, Willmar, Canby and then to Granite and finally on to Olivia.
    While they were here, they toured the library and senior citizens center and stopped at the historic footbridge where they got a close look at what one member called “one of the most unique bridges in the state”.         After hearing presentations about all three local projects, there were several questions and then a trip across town to the Minnesota West campus where they had a very good supper catered by Bootlegger’s Supper Club and then a tour of the local campus facilities.
    They gathered in the campus auditorium where they heard about Minnesota West’s building needs here and at the other campuses including Worthington. A delegation from Montevideo was here to present their case for a state veterans’ nursing home in Monte. The committee also heard about the need for a regional amateur sports facility that is proposed to be built near both Southwest Minnesota State University and the new Marshall High School complex.
    All of us who made presentations to the committee are convinced that our projects are worthy of funding and deserve the committee’s approval. The committee, however, will have no choice but to say no to at least two out of every three projects. That will be hard to do. That means there will be rejections of good projects that are worthy of public funding and are much needed. There will be some disappointments with the committee’s decision.
    Committee chair Alice Hausman of St. Paul,  told me that they are trying very hard to see as many projects in as many locations as they can and to do their homework before the legislative session starts this winter.
    They didn’t arrive at their rooms in Olivia until nearly 9:30 and were scheduled to be back on the bus by 7:15 the next morning. They are a hard working and very engaged committee and deserve our thanks for trekking to the distant corners of the state in order to facilitate making good decisions.
Our projects will have to compete with many other good ones. We all put our best efforts forward. We can feel good about that. Time will tell how it all gets decided.

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       When the call came in about the YME FFA chapter heading to the field to harvest their test plots, I knew I would be in line for a short field trip of my own.
    YME?Ag teacher Jim Swenson called to let us know that the combine would roll on Tuesday about the time that Scott Tedrick was covering the county board meeting and Eric Monson was busy with other things.
    The chance to duck out of the office for a while and soak up some sunshine on a breezy day was a big incentive and one that I couldn’t help but jump on. I called Perry Oftedahl who, with his brother David, farms near Hanley Falls. They provide acreage and equipment for the local FFAers to try their hand at learning about farming, first hand.
    Perry and David’s dad Glen had been chopping corn stalks but when I drove up,  he rolled  to a stop and jumped out of his tractor to say hi and chat for a bit. He was all smiles with the sun shining.
    While David made rounds with students in the combine, Perry helped the high schoolers unload corn, weigh it, test it for moisture and keep good notes on their findings.
    The FFA crew was  learning a lot about the many different aspects of farming and farm related  opportunities in the working world. It was a fun day for the kids who were all glad to be away from their desks.
    I was glad to be away from my desk, too and it was fun to see some very dedicated farmers teaching kids what they know best and having fun themselves.
    Good for them and good for the students.