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Duluth News Tribune – Our view: Rural health care woes demand action

Al Franken is far from the first one to sound an alarm about the lack of health care access and the shortage of health care workers in rural America.

But the U.S. senator from Minnesota told the News Tribune editorial board that a report he and his staff prepared during the past six months, including information and input from 28 community roundtable discussions statewide, can go a long way toward finally finding and funding solutions.

Winona Daily News – U.S. Sen. Al Franken: Making rail safety a top priority in Winona and Minnesota

Minnesotans have always known how important safe, reliable rail service is to our state’s economy. But in recent years, the large railroad companies have quickly ramped up the number of rail cars carrying highly volatile and flammable Bakken crude oil from North Dakota through Minnesota to refineries in other states.

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