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Klobuchar visits Leaf River Ag

Photos by Rachelle Klemme U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar meets Jodi Benning, who rode out the June 17 tornado in the safe at Leaf River Ag.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar visited Leaf River Ag on Friday, May 6 after the WDC high school groundbreaking ceremony.

Leaf River Ag has been rebuilt in the southeast industrial park by U.S. Highway 71, after the June 17 tornado destroyed the previous facility near U.S. Highway 10.

Manager Scott Dau gave Klobuchar a tour of the new facility and talked about the agriculture business.

Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden and Wadena Development Authority Director Dean Uselman also toured Leaf River Ag and spoke with Klobuchar.

Wolden asked the senator about the status of widening U.S. Highway 10 and about the proposed rail spur into the industrial park, saying that while Leaf River Ag had been using trucks for now, they would need the rail spur later.

Klobuchar told the Pioneer Journal she was going to see about the rail spur project in Washington to get it moving, although the budget was tough.

"But it's a good project. And so we want to get it done," she said.

Klobuchar told the Pioneer Journal she had met Dau after the June 17 tornado and was moved by his story about Leaf River Ag employees surviving the tornado in the safe, along with his resilience and determination to rebuild.

"And to think that less than a year later, here he is - thriving, bigger space than ever, getting the seed out, getting the fertilizer out, and it's really inspiring to see the work that he's done," she said.