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Senator Potter gives speech at the McHenry County Courthouse

Mouse River Journal of Towner, North Dakota

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Senator Tracy Potter, candidate for the U.S. Senate, campaigned in Towner and delivered a speech at the McHenry County Courthouse, Saturday, June 12, as part of Potter's 53-County Courthouse Tour of the state. Sen. Potter spoke briefly about the history of McHenry County, the city of Towner and the 1910-era courthouse designed by Bueckner and , Orth, architects who designed 19 courthouses in Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Potter spoke about the meaning of his campaign slogan of being "An Independent Voice for North Dakota, " and discussed the need for a federal-state-local partnership to match infrastructure maintenance and development with the pace of oil development in the state.

Potter said that an independent attitude is needed for a freshman Senator to make any impact for North Dakota interests in Washington. "John Hoeven would fit in quietly with the Republicans in Congress, " said Potter, "but I don't fit in quietly any The leadership shown by Gov. Art Link during the coal boom of the 1970s is needed now, Potter said, in reference to the impacts of oil production. "It's our obligation to the nation to increase oil production and increase ethanol production and biodiesel. With a $40 billion a month trade deficit, half of which is from imported oil, we need to increase oil development, but we need to make sure we get maximum benefit from it and that it leaves North Dakota healthy." Potter also spoke on Saturday at County Courthouses in Bottineau and Rolla and on Sunday at the courthouses in Rugby and Fessenden.

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Original Publication Date: June 23, 2010

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