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Minnesota senator addresses MnCUN fall conference
BRAINERD, Minn. (9/10/08)--Minnesota Sen. Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) attended the Minnesota Credit Union Network's(MnCUN) Fall Conference, held Sept. 5-7, and spoke to attendees Saturday evening. Bakk, who chairs the state Senate Taxes Committee, is a strong supporter of credit unions and has been a frequent guest at chapter meetings and other MnCUN events, said the network.
Minnesota Sen. Tom Bakk tells attendees at the Minnesota Credit Union Network's Fall Conference to get involved in the upcoming elections. (Photo provided by the Minnesota Credit Union Network)
He is a member of the Virginia Co-op CU, Va., Minn. He discussed workforce development, unemployment and future challenges facing Minnesota, as well as credit unions' involvement in political advocacy. Bakk challenged credit unions to get involved in the November elections and gave "homework" during this election cycle. "I encourage you to introduce yourself to the candidates [running for election]--nothing is more valuable to your organizations than developing these relationships," he said. He acknowledged credit unions' high level of involvement in this area and their participation in MnCUN's annual Credit Union Day at the Capitol. "Thank you for the time you put in to make your credit unions a better place," he said. Bakk also informed the audience of his intention to run for governor in 2010. MnCUN President/CEO Mark D. Cummins said the network appreciated Bakk's presence and support. More than 300 individuals from 49 credit unions, and 65 vendors representing 32 service organizations attended the conference.


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