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The House Transportation Finance Committee acted favorably on a bill last week intended to infuse more funding into the statewide road and bridge system. Cooperative Network testified in support of H.F. 4437, authored by House Transportation Finance Committee Chair Paul Torkelson (R – Hanska). The legislation would allow Minnesotans the...

On April 19, Cooperative Network participated in a Farm Bill listening session hosted by U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D – MN) in western Minnesota. As a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry Committee, Smith’s staff has hosted several other meetings throughout the state to gather input on the...

On April 20, Cooperative Network filed comments with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) in support of co-op members whose access to freight rail service stands be threatened. Recently, the Metropolitan Council (Council) filed a petition with the STB asking that they approve an arrangement where the Council would acquire ownership of...

Last week, Cooperative Network testified in opposition to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) proposed administrative penalty order plan for buffer law implementation. The proposal would have fined farmers who are out of compliance with the buffer law by up to $500 per linear foot and...

ST. PAUL, Minn. [March 21, 2018] – More than 75 cooperative business directors, managers, and staff met in St. Paul earlier this week for Cooperative Network’s 10th annual Minnesota Co-op Day at the Capitol. Eight cross-sector lobbying groups met with agency commissioners, caucus leaders and more than 40 legislators to...

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