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Published December 13, 2009, 06:21 PM

MN Governor Candidates Meet In Hallock

Some Northwest Minnesotans met with democratic candidates for governor in Hallock today.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

Some northwest Minnesotans met with democratic candidates for governor in Hallock today.

They call it the DFL meeting and it happens every other year. Kristin Eggerling and her husband welcome candidates into their home giving them a chance to get to know the people of northwestern Minnesota.

Mark Altenburg/Speaking for Paul Thissen: "Paul has made it a real point to get out across greater Minnesota to speak with people one on one about the local issues that we face as far as schools. LGA, and everything else that we face in our economic environment here in greater Minnesota."

This year the topic of discussion was the projected 1.2 billion dollar deficit for Minnesota and what candidates would do to fix it, given they're elected in November. All candidates agree that rural Minnesota schools are suffering and the budget deficit is huge, but each have their own solution to the problem.

Tom Bakk/Candidate: "You cannot raise taxes enough to solve that kind of an enormous deficit, revenue will be part of the solution as will spending cuts but even with some revenue and additional spending cuts you can't build a bridge to a deficit that big, something has to be done to stimulate this economy and get Minnesotans back to work."

Agreeing with Bakk's point is Matt Entenza who says Minnesota needs to focus on the clean energy economy, saying that wind turbines can produce as much revenue in Minnesota as Oil rigs in Texas.

Matt Entenza/Candidate: "I think we should be putting up wind turbines everywhere across the state. I think that folks from the twin cities metro area and other should be paying for energy from folks in the red river valley as opposed to us sending our heating and cooling dollars out of state."

Also supporting the idea of a green Minnesota is Steve Kelley, but his main focus is on giving people opportunities to succeed, emphasizing that kids are the future and education is of utmost importance.

All candidates present today say that raising taxes and cutting programs isn't going to be enough to bring Minnesota out of the red.

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