Members of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity to listen to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann speak about small business and political policies during a luncheon at the Island View Golf Club in Waconia on Tuesday, April 30.
Bachmann started with comments about the importance of businesses in the Waconia community and offered to travel around town and meet with the employees and business owners in Waconia after the luncheon.
“I also want to thank each one of you for everything that you do in the business community to keep the economy humming,” she said. “You are the answer, you’re the people we need to applaud and thank rather than continuing to tie cement blocks around your economic enterprises.”
Bachmann had a lot to say about the community of Waconia, even saying she would like to move to the area.
“Mayor Jim Nash knows that I have been working on my husband ever since (visiting) to sell our place in Stillwater and move over here to Waconia,” she said. “I truly think this is going to be the growth Mecca in the Twin Cities.”
Bachmann mentioned that she has talked with local officials regarding many of the projects being worked on in western Carver County, including replacing a bridge over the Crow River in Watertown and expanding Highway 212 between Waconia and Norwood Young America. She also said she would like to redevelop Highway 5 to make travel safer.
“There is a 70 percent higher level of fatalities on Trunk Highway 5 … than the state average,” she said.
After speaking, Bachmann held a question and answer session with members of the chamber. Topics included the future of Social Security, the use of sound bites in elections and the creation of energy independence for the United States.
As promised, Bachmann visited several Waconia locations after the luncheon, including Manus Products, Ridgeview Medical Center and In Towne Marina. She also spent time with Nash and other members of the city council.
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