In a matter of days, Rep. Rod Hamilton of Mt. Lake and Sen. Bill Weber of Luverne will roam the state Capitol sharing ideas and studying others as the 2014 Session begins.
But lately they've roamed some important venues in their own backyards - county board rooms. During a recent visit to Cottonwood County the duo heard the usual concerns about funding and metro bias.
And for a few moments, they commiserated with commissioners about the state's health care woes. But in no time the focus shifted squarely onto highway funding. Five minutes into the meeting, Rep. Rod Hamilton asked commissioners, "What is the most important state issue for the board?"
Jim Schmidt of Westbrook, chairman of the Cottonwood County board didn't hesitate.
"From my standpoint, it definitely is our county roads," Schmidt said. "Our highways, a lot of them, have just been beat to death. Now to repair them, or replace them, is extremely expensive."
For much more on this story, see the Feb. 19 Cottonwood County Citizen and Citizen eEdition.