The crowd for the 2022 Farmfest gubernatorial forum was reminiscent to 1998 when Jesse Ventura, Norm Coleman and Skip Humphrey were the candidates. The topics ranged from biofuels to broadband and from COVID to the economy. There was a populist approach from both sides. “It’s relatively simple; let farmers farm, let miners mine, let teachers teach and have government get the hell out of the way,” touted Republican challenger Dr. Scott Jensen. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was quick to defend his record, saying “this job entails more than admiring a problem and second guessing.” It was a heated exchange between the two contenders with plenty of red meat for the crowd. As an example, Jensen recieved thunderous applause when he said “over my dead body will Minnesota ever sell farmland to foreign corporations.” Walz supporters cheered when the governor pushed back to criticism over the state pandemic response. “If you truly believe in our people, invest in our children and invest in our teachers, but don’t you dare call us lazy.” A link to the entire forum can be found on the Red River Farm Network website.
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