In an effort to keep Minnesota blue, Biden for President Minnesota announced Friday it had formed a coalition of 37 community leaders from across rural Minnesota to help mobilize rural voters.

The coalition members have all endorsed Biden's economic plan to revitalize rural America, according to a statement from the Minnesota campaign office. Members of the council include farmers, teachers, frontline health care workers, tribal leaders, and agriculture experts, including former Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson and Fillmore County Dairy Farmer Eunie Biel.

"This administration’s trade wars and kickbacks for Big Oil have hurt Minnesota farmers," said Peterson, a former member of the Minnesota House and former president of the Minnesota Farmers Union. "Joe Biden has put together an agenda to support working families in rural America. A Biden administration will take action to bring broadband to rural communities, support the renewable fuel standard, and boost manufacturing jobs.”

Melanie Benjamin, chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, said as president, Biden would be a "champion and advocate for American Indian people, as well as all Americans.”

Meanwhile, Mark Froemke, president of the West Minnesota Area Labor Council, cited the former vice president's middle-class roots, saying, “Now more than ever, we need a president who will fight for workers’ collective bargaining rights, secure paid family leave, protect our healthcare, and give a voice to our workers. Joe Biden will be that voice.”

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Biel, who operates a dairy farm in Fillmore County, said, "Rural Minnesotans need a president who will end the disastrous trade wars and support family farms. Joe Biden will end special treatment for big oil companies at home while standing up to China on trade abroad. A Biden administration will put Minnesota’s family farms first."

And Kari Dorry, an Ortonville Early Childhood Education teacher, said, “Greater Minnesota continues to experience some of the largest spikes in COVID cases in our state. As a result, our schools have been forced to choose between public health and our students’ safety, creating difficult conditions in our schools. Joe Biden has a plan to bring the pandemic under control with science and to help rural schools reopen safely across rural America.”