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"Economy in Motion"
September 7 - 9, 2016

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09/07/2016
The tour kicks off with a MnDOT welcome at the St. Paul airport and the Commissioners 1-way flight to Worthington.
The tour kicks off with a MnDOT welcome at the St. Paul airport and the Commissioners 1-way flight to Worthington.
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09/07/2016
The Schwan Food Company's Government Affairs VP Alan Poff discusses its business model and product distribution with the Commissioners.
The Schwan Food Company's Government Affairs VP Alan Poff discusses its business model and product distribution with the Commissioners.
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09/07/2016
Commissioners in the lobby of The Schwan Food Company's Research and Development facility, learning about food testing and production.
Commissioners in the lobby of The Schwan Food Company's Research and Development facility, learning about food testing and production
Wheels 4
09/07/2016
Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr greets city, business, and community leaders of Luverne who have gathered to discuss their needs from state government with the Commissioners.
Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr greets city, business, and community leaders of Luverne who have gathered to discuss their needs from state government with the Commissioners.
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09/07/2016
Commissioners debrief the Luverne community conversation.
Commissioners debrief the Luverne community conversation.
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09/07/2016
MnDOT District Engineer Jon Huseby listens to feedback on his discussion of transportation programs and projects in SW Minnesota.
MnDOT District Engineer Jon Huseby listens to feedback on his discussion of transportation programs and projects in SW Minnesota.
Wheels 7
09/07/2016
First Stop team staff look on during a presentation to the Commissioners at the Pipestone headquarters of Juhl Energy Development, Inc.
First Stop team staff look on during a presentation to the Commissioners at the Pipestone headquarters of Juhl Energy Development, Inc.
Wheels 8
09/07/2016
Employment & Economic Development Commissioner Shawntera Hardy hears about clean energy solutions that include wind, solar, biomass and natural gas systems.
Employment & Economic Development Commissioner Shawntera Hardy hears about clean energy solutions that include wind, solar, biomass and natural gas systems.
Wheels 9
09/07/2016
Upper Sioux Community Chairman Kevin Jensvold give a briefing to Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith and the Commissioners at the Granite Falls Upper Sioux Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Upper Sioux Community Chairman Kevin Jensvold give a briefing to Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith and the Commissioners at the Granite Falls Upper Sioux Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Wheels 10
09/07/2016
The group gets an up close look inside a mechanical waste water facility that uses membrane bioreactor technology to convert waste to drinking water for the Upper Sioux Community.
The group gets an up close look inside a mechanical waste water facility that uses membrane bioreactor technology to convert waste to drinking water for the Upper Sioux Community.
Wheels 11
09/08/2016
Commissioner Hardy welcomes business owners, academians and community leaders during a lunch gathering at the University of Minnesota Morris.
Commissioner Hardy welcomes business owners, academians and community leaders during a lunch gathering at the University of Minnesota Morris.
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09/08/2016
The group takes a technology tour at the University of Minnesota Morris campus.
The group takes a technology tour at the University of Minnesota Morris campus.
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09/08/2016
Commissioners take in the milking room at a Riverview Dairy in Morris.
Commissioners take in the milking room at a Riverview Dairy in Morris.
Wheels 14
09/08/2016
Commissioners learn about the area's vital transportation needs as they watch grain being loaded into rail cars at the Wheaton Dumont Co-op Elevator, a locally-owned and operation business that employs 120 workers.
Commissioners learn about the area's vital transportation needs as they watch grain being loaded into rail cars at the Wheaton Dumont Co-op Elevator, a locally-owned and operation business that employs 120 workers.
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09/08/2016
Wheaton Dumont Coop Elevator locally owned and operated grain coop. Employs 120 people. Commissioners were able to learn about their rail transportation and how vital it is.
Wheaton Dumont Coop Elevator locally owned and operated grain coop. Employs 120 people. Commissioners were able to learn about their rail transportation and how vital it is.
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09/08/2016
A tour at Benson Powers provides valuable insight into its importance to the region and the state.
A tour at Benson Powers provides valuable insight into its importance to the region and the state.
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09/08/2016
Commissioners listening to industry facts relating to our our state, from those in the know at Benson Power.
Commissioners listening to industry facts relating to our our state, from those in the know at Benson Power.
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09/08/2016
The group takes in the sights, sounds and smells during a tour at the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company in Benson.
The group takes in the sights, sounds and smells during a tour at the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company in Benson.
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09/08/2016
The Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company operation was amazing to see!
The Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company operation was amazing to see!
Wheels 20
09/09/2016
RDO founder and President Ron Offutt and his son Ryan hosted the tour group at their John Deere facility in Moorhead. Commissioners learned about how RDO supports the local farmers and the company's economic impact the state and region.
RDO founder and President Ron Offutt and his son Ryan hosted the tour group at their John Deere facility in Moorhead. Commissioners learned about how RDO supports the local farmers and the company's economic impact the state and region.
Wheels 21
09/09/2016
The RDO visit in Moorhead included a presentation on its fascinating history and business evolution, and a tour of its new state-of-the art dealership.
The RDO visit in Moorhead included a presentation on its fascinating history and business evolution, and a tour of its new state-of-the art dealership.
Wheels 22
09/09/2016
Inside the Anheuser-Busch plant.
Inside the Anheuser-Busch plant.
Wheels 23
09/09/2016
Learning about barley processing inside the Anheuser-Busch plant.
Learning about barley processing inside the Anheuser-Busch plant.
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09/09/2016
Commissioners among the large processing vats inside the Anheuser-Busch plant.
Commissioners among the large processing vats inside the Anheuser-Busch plant.
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09/09/2016
Outside the American Crystal Sugar beet processing plant.
Outside the American Crystal Sugar beet processing plant.
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09/09/2016
Crystal Sugar creature!
Crystal Sugar creature!
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09/09/2016
Exploring the bowels of the American Crystal Sugar plant.
Exploring the bowels of the American Crystal Sugar plant.
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09/09/2016
Watching the beet-dumping site just outside the American Crystal Sugar processing plant.
Watching the beet-dumping site just outside the American Crystal Sugar processing plant.
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09/09/2016
Beets begin their journey at the American Crystal Sugar processing plant.
Beets begin their journey at the American Crystal Sugar processing plant.
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09/09/2016
And that's a wrap! The group leaving American Crystal Sugar, the last tour stop.
And that's a wrap! The group leaving American Crystal Sugar, the last tour stop.
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09/09/2016
Ready for the long drive home!
Ready for the long drive home!
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