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Franken visits

Franni Franken, wife of U.S. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, stopped by the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College on Friday, June 4. President Larry Lundblad welcomed Mrs. Franken and her aide, Debra Wallace, for a brief tour of facilities that included nursing labs, the community dental clinic, and the Veterans Resource Center. Others involved in the visit were Vice President Suresh Tiwari, Director of Diversity Mary Sam, and Brainerd Schools Superintendent Steve Razidlo. “Al is obviously a non-traditional politician, but his entire career arch has been devoted to policy,” Franken said of her senator husband. “Al’s life has been immersed in being part of the public policy debate and that’s gone on for more than 25 years.” Sen. Franken has said that the three things that lead to economic prosperity have always been infrastructure, education, and research and development, and those are “three things that we have been disinvesting in. We have to make sure we’re using our money properly and using our resources properly.”

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