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Democrats endorse Feehan

NORTH MANKATO — The First Congressional District Democratic Farmer Labor Party has announced that Dan Feehan has received the endorsement of the DFL Party as its candidate for U.S. House of Representatives.

The DFL held an online convention, with balloting taking place over a 10-day period.

Feehan has been a school teacher, soldier, worked at the Pentagon, and is a husband and father of three children. He and his family live in North Mankato.

NuWay-K&H offers free Wi-Fi

TRIMONT – NuWay-K&H Cooperative is providing free internet access in the parking lot of its Trimont location.

The initiative is part of a larger effort by Land O’Lakes, Inc., a member-owned co-op of which NuWay-K&H Cooperative is a member.

NuWay-K&H Cooperative has designated the two parking stalls on the southwest portion of its building for Wi-Fi users. When using, please select network NUWA GUEST and no password is required. Wi-Fi will be available from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily. Guests are asked to stay in their vehicles at all times to maintain social distancing guidelines.

Hagedorn introduces livestock bill

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn of southern Minnesota, a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, has introduced legislation titled the “Livestock Producer Assistance for COVID-19 Damages Act.”

Hagedorn says his bill expands the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm Raised Catfish Program (ELAP) to provide indemnity payments for farmers and producers not able to market livestock because of packing plant closures or reduced operations beginning April 19. The bill also provides appropriations and specific guidance as to how the funds will be used.

“The ongoing pandemic and disruption to livestock markets has quickly moved family farmers to the brink of insolvency, something that threatens our nation’s food supply and the vibrancy of our southern Minnesota economy and rural way of life,” Hagedorn said in a press release.

“USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) was designed to help the agriculture industry; however the program does not cover income loss resulting from the recent meat packing plant closures. My legislation was crafted and introduced based upon several long discussions with local producers and industry leaders. I will always stand with our family farmers and defend the interests of southern Minnesotans,” he said.

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