Senator Ernst visits MMCRU, Hansen speaks with President Trump

Thursday, September 5, 2019
On Thursday, August 22, 2019, Senator Joni Ernst and her staff, along with several other members of the community visited the MMCRU Industrial Technology Center in Marcus. People visiting the facility besides Senator Joni Ernst and her staff included Bill Anderson of Cherokee Area Economic Development and his team, Board of Directors for Little Sioux Corn Processors, Members of the Marcus City Council, and members of the community who wanted to come in and see Joni and the space. MMCRU Industrial Tech Center Instructor Matt Hanson lead the tour and stated, “The reason the senator was at our training facility was to simply tour the space and learn more about the impact our program is having on the area workforce. To learn more about our Industrial Technology program and promote school-to-work initiatives and workplace readiness. Bill Anderson collaborates with various groups in Des Moines with our politicians and Joni Ernst had expressed interest in learning what a few small towns in rural Iowa are doing to combat the extreme shortage of skilled tradesmen in our area.”
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Matt Hansen, MMCRU High School Industrial Trades instructor, got to meet with Senator Joni Ernst recently. The industrial trades program works closely with Bill Anderson, who is a former senator, as well as a friend of Hansen’s. He is in charge of the Cherokee Area Economic Development organization.

According to Hansen, ”Bill believes that all congressmen and senators need to go visit the MMCRU shop for any because he believes that the trades program is a premiere program.”

Senator Ernst was planning on making a stop in Cherokee as a part of her 99 county tour that many senators seeking re-election do, and ended up meeting in Marcus to talk with the ethanol plants workers to discuss a new ethanol bill. Hansen also said, “We are also expecting Chuck Grassley to show up at some point.”

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Hansen stated that Joni Ernst was talking with President Trump all day over what to tell the ethanol workers about the bill. At the MMCRU shop, the senator finished up talking with the workers and committees. She then received a call from Donald Trump. As they were talking, the senator asked Mr. Hansen if he wanted to talk with the president. Excited at the chance to talk with the president, he took her phone and said “Hello” to which Mr. Hansen told me, “The president congratulated me on my efforts to develop the industrial trades program and my work.” Hansen said that it felt pretty cool on getting to visit with the president and meet the senator.

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