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Local lawmakers schedule town hall meetings

Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen and Representative Torrey Westrom will continue their tradition of co-hosting town hall meetings.

They've scheduled six events throughout District 11A on Friday, February 20.

The turnout for previous town hall meetings has been great, according to Ingebrigtsen and Westrom. They say it's helpful to have public input as they make their way through the current legislative session.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

"A big town hall topic last year was the gas tax," Westrom said. "There probably will be a lot of economic talk this time around as we travel the district. People likely will want to address the state's budget deficit and offer suggestions as we work toward a solution."

Regardless of the topic, these town meetings provide a casual setting.

"We enjoy speaking face to face with local folks to get a real grass-roots feel of what's on people's minds," Ingebrigtsen said. "Area citizens seem to appreciate the chance to talk about what is most important to them; it doesn't matter how large or small the issue is."

If you are unable to attend any of the town meetings below or would like to discuss legislative issues, call Ingebrigtsen at (651) 297-8063 or e-mail Representative Westrom may be reached at (800) 711-2620 or at

Here is the town hall meeting schedule for February 20:

7 to 8 a.m. - The Cattle Club, Elbow Lake.

9 to 10 a.m. - Federated Telephone Cooperative, Chokio.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Detoy's Family Restaurant, Morris.

12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. - Dew Drop Inn, Hoffman.

2 to 3 p.m. - Mac's Diner, Evansville.

3:45 to 4:45 p.m. - Traveler's Inn Restaurant, Alexandria.