Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) will be in Mankato to discuss efforts to expand use of clean, renewable energy, and later will hear about the impact of expanded funding for school meals and summer programs contained in COVID-19 relief plans enacted earlier this year.

Highlighting Innovative Local Clean, Renewable Energy Efforts


At 9:45 a.m.: Sen. Smith will meet with State Sen. Nick Frentz and local energy and farm leaders to discuss local clean energy efforts and to hear about the innovative new “Plasma Blue” technology for creating biodiesel. The meeting will include top officials from the Minnesota Soybean Growers and Minnesota Corn Growers.  Then, Sen. Smith will be at Prairie Winds Middle School in Mankato, where she will join Mankato School Superintendent Paul Peterson and other school officials to hear about the impact of expanded federal funding for school nutrition and summer programs on local students. Sen. Smith pushed for the funding in COVID-19 relief packages enacted by Congress. During the visit, Sen. Smith will visit with students during lunch.