Franken delivers meals on wheels, then launches broadband network

Sen. Al Franken will be busy in the southwest suburbs and exurbs Tuesday, delivering some meals on wheels to seniors in Eden Prairie and then participating in the groundbreaking of a broadband network in Carver County.

He’ll start at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie at 11 a.m. and pick up meals for two seniors. He’ll deliver them and chat with the recipients about the importance of the service.

The 2:30 p.m. broadband groundbreaking is at the Carver County public works headquarters in Cologne, where they’re building an 89-mile fiber ring that will run through all of the county’s 11 cities. An additional 32 miles of connections will hook up 80 public partners, including city, county and township governments, fire departments, schools, public safety towers, law enforcement agencies and a regional health care center.

Money for the project came from a $6 million stimulus grant in 2009.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by liam gilmorasy on 08/15/2011 - 09:25 pm.

    God bless Sen Franken for his expression of charitable intent.
    However, with 2 wars going on, a border about to explode with our neighbor country going nuts, with flash mobs scaring the heck out of the working middle class, with embarrassing cascading education standards and a disintegrating national infrastructure among other things I have to believe there were better things for this man to do than pass out meals on wheels etc..
    I do believe this man has a good heart but does he truly take to heart the state of the country and the world around him seriously?
    And I know I could ask the same to any of our elected officials at the federal level.
    Isn’t anyone piloting our ship of state or is it really going willy nilly around us …. ?

  2. Submitted by Clayton Haapala on 08/16/2011 - 10:21 am.

    I believe Sen. Franken does take to heart the state of our nation and the world quite seriously.

    Either our representatives are criticized for being “in Washington, out of touch” or they are criticized for spending time in their states or districts.

    Applause for Carver county for making good use of stimulus money for a good infrastructure project.

  3. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 08/16/2011 - 11:34 am.

    The Carver project sounds worthwhile, but I can’t help noting the irony. That’s a Republican area where many believe the stimulus didn’t create any jobs. Are there any economists left who dispute unemployment would have hit at least 11% without the Recovery Act? I’m glad Carver will get broadband, but I also hope they’ll get the point about the need for public investment, especially in a stagnant economy.

  4. Submitted by Steve Rose on 08/16/2011 - 02:43 pm.

    According to the economists at the White House, and the economists to whom the administration was listening, the stimulus plan would create between three and four million jobs by the end of 2010. They also projected that without the stimulus (the baseline), unemployment would hit about 8.5 percent in 2009 and then continue rising to a peak of about 9 percent in 2010. With the stimulus, they predicted the 2009 unemployment rate would peak just under 8 percent.

    But with the advantage of hindsight, we can see that even with the $800 billion stimulus, unemployment in late 2009/early 2010 was over 10%. These are the economist whom you trust regarding what would have happened without the stimulus? They proved themselves clueless about what would happen with the stimulus. Common sense indicated that we would not spend ourselves out of trouble, and common sense ruled the day.

    “He’ll (Senator Franken) start at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie at 11 a.m. and pick up meals for two seniors. He’ll deliver them and chat with the recipients about the importance of the service.” That will be a lively conversation, the Senator discussing the importance of a free meal with a person receiving a free meal.

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