‘We need help’: Rural community leaders call for greater attention to underserved areas
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‘We need help’: Rural community leaders call for greater attention to underserved areas

Several rural community leaders are in Washington DC this week, asking lawmakers to help them build infrastructure in their areas.

This week, several areas of Minnesota are still trying to recover from devastating floods, including Blue Earth County, which was hit hard by dam failures. A county commissioner told the Senate Agriculture Committee that communities like this need help dealing with disasters that have never happened before.

“We need help and we don’t know what we don’t know, we may have never done this before. A lot of counties don’t have the expertise. They don’t know what’s available. So I guess I would just ask that we all work together as best we can. You know, as a farmer, you learn early on from your father or probably your grandfather that working together works. I would just ask that whether it’s the federal government or local governments, we do the best we can to work together. But when a disaster strikes, the rest of the county doesn’t stop. We had county employees who stepped up and spent days and days on the ground. There’s other things going on in this county that need to be covered.” Thank you to all of our county employees for the great work they’ve done and across the country, but we really need help because sometimes we don’t know what’s available or we don’t have the resources to access that technical assistance,” said Kevin Paap.

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