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Senator Franken tours Southeast Minnesota

PRESTON, Minn. (KTTC) -- A familiar political figure was touring parts of southeastern Minnesota today, to discuss energy, health care and economic development.

In Austin, Senator Al Franken made a stop at the Hormel Institute of Science to learn more about the latest advances in the facilities ground breaking cancer reasearch. The institute has nearly $2-million dollars in cutting edge instruments and technologies.

Next on the Senator's stop was the Poet Ethanol Plant in Preston. He toured the facility as part of his renewable energy listening tour. Franken said it's more important than ever that we focus on renewable energy, including the expansion of ethanol.

"It's just really important that we understand the benefits that ethanol brings. There is a by-product that is one of my favorite talking points about corn ethanol is DDG. Dried distiller grains, used as a feed for cattle," said the Senator.

Another by-product of the POET plant is CO-2. The facility sells it to Pepsi and Coca-Cola bottling companies.

The Senator was quick to say that helps keep Minnesota's economy afloat.

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