Senator Klobuchar is highlighting the importance of supporting local economies and businesses across rural Minnesota.  

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is in Southwestern Minnesota Sunday, June 9th, through Monday, June 10th, to meet with local leaders and businesses in Pipestone, Murray, Rock, Nobles, and Cottonwood counties. At each stop, Klobuchar discussed infrastructure and economic development priorities. These visits are part of Klobuchar’s annual 87 county tour. 

“It is great to be in Southwestern Minnesota to meet with leaders and residents to discuss the importance of supporting local economies and businesses in these communities,” said Klobuchar. “Whether it is increasing access to affordable child care, taking steps to strengthen our workforce, or expanding access to broadband, I am working to ensure rural communities across our state are thriving and able to unlock more opportunities for families and businesses.”

During the economic tour on Sunday, Klobuchar stopped by:

  • Pipestone, MN to discuss a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program for the Pipestone Municipal Airport. The grant will be used to replace navigational aids (NAVAIDS) on the airport’s runway. Senator Klobuchar was joined by Pipestone Mayor Dan Delaney and other city leaders. Following the visit, Klobuchar stopped by the 8th Avenue Diner in Pipestone for some lunch.
  • Currie, MN to visit the Painted Prairie Vineyard to discuss the importance of supporting small business and entrepreneurs that create jobs and bolster the local economy. Klobuchar met with owners Krista and Andy Kopperud, Currie Mayor Eugene Short, and Murray County Commissioner Molly Malone.  

During the economic tour on Monday, Klobuchar will stop by:

  • Luverne, MN to visit the Kids Rock Child Care Center, a community based child care center currently under construction. Klobuchar secured a federal grant for the center during the Fiscal Year 2023 federal budget. Klobuchar will be joined by Luverne Mayor Pat Baustain and other officials involved in the project. 
  • Worthington, MN to meet with Nobles County leaders and Community & Economic Development Associates (CEDA) to hear about CEDA and the county’s work on child care solutions. CEDA convenes a weekly meeting with county leaders to discuss child care. 
  • Windom, MN to visit the Red Rock Rural Water Systems water treatment plant, which has received funding from the USDA Rural Development Program. Klobuchar will meet with Red Rock General Manager and Windom Mayor Dominic Jones. Klobuchar will also discuss the federal funding she secured for a new water reservoir and other infrastructure improvements in Murray County.