MINNEAPOLIS – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar has announced a state-wide road trip to local communities in Minnesota to kick off 2008. During the 2008 Main Street Tour, Klobuchar will visit 87 Minnesota counties, focusing on economic challenges and opportunities facing Minnesotans. 

“I visited every one of Minnesota’s 87 counties during 2007, and I look forward to doing it again in 2008,” said Klobuchar.

She plans to speak with residents about rising costs of health care and energy and take their ideas to Washington.

“Too many hard-working, middle-class families are struggling with economic insecurity, while too many businesses are being squeezed on the bottom line,” said Klobuchar.  “Washington needs to respond to these realities with policies that strengthen the opportunities for economic growth and shared prosperity.”

Some of the cities Klobuchar plans to visit in January include Duluth, International Falls, Grand Rapids, Cambridge, Milaca, Mora, McGregor, Cloquet, Virginia and Ely to Worthington, Marshall and New Ulm. Klobuchar is set to speak on climate change on January 4 in Ely, and at the 19th annual “Marketplace for Entrepreneurs” economic development conference in Grand Forks on January 15.

In the Senate, Klobuchar serves on the Commerce, Agriculture and Environment committees.