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Published July 27, 2010, 12:00 AM

Emmer meets with area farmers

Tom Emmer made a stop in Moorhead on Monday to talk to area farmers, something he vowed he would do on a regular basis if elected governor of Minnesota.

By: Dave Olson, INFORUM

Tom Emmer made a stop in Moorhead on Monday to talk to area farmers, something he vowed he would do on a regular basis if elected governor of Minnesota.

“It is just the beginning,” said Emmer, a state representative and the Republican-endorsed candidate for governor.

Emmer, who met with a half dozen farmers at the Moorhead Fryn’ Pan Restaurant, repeated his oft-spoken stance regarding state government: that there is too much of it and that it costs too much.

The farmers tended to agree, particularly when it came to state agencies and the regulations the agriculture industry must follow.

“The layering of authority is terrible and scary. You have to hire yourself some sort of permitting lawyers,” said David Kragnes, a sugar beet farmer from Felton, Minn.

“You’re not supposed to be afraid of government,” said Jay Nord, a sugar beet farmer from Wolverton, Minn.

Emmer said he favors a change that would have the state set the criteria for certain rules and regulations, with enforcement handled on a local level.

After the meeting, Kragnes said he appreciated Emmer’s interest in what he and others had to say.

“He’s asking some of the correct questions,” Kragnes said.

“I like the fact he wants to listen,” said Mike Astrup, who farms in Clay County.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

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