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August 22, 2003

Senator Dayton talks ethanol and golf

Senator Mark Dayton visited Jackson Golf Club Thursday morning to tee it up in the annual Corn Cob Open, visit with area farmers and ag business people and stress the value of ethanol products to the economy, both locally and nationally.

“I’ve had fun visiting with a lot of farmers,” said Dayton as he took a break between the third and fourth hole. “You see so many uses of ethanol fuel. One of seven barrels of oil in the world goes into a U.S. gas tank. “If we can get 50 percent of that to be ethanol, it would be the biggest change we could make as a nation.”

Dayton said ethanol has become one of his biggest causes as a United States senator. “It just adds to the economy,” he said.

With the addition of an ethanol plant in Rock County, Dayton said local farmers there are getting seven to eight cents a bushel more for their corn.

“It boosts the local price, which adds to the economy,” he said. Main Street, Minnesota benefits, so it’s a win-win situation.”

Dayton was elected to the Senate for the first time in 2000, never previously having held an elected office. He had previously served as Minnesota’s Commissioner of Economic Development.

On golf

Dayton, who was making his first appearance in the Corn Cob Open, said he only golfs on the most special occasions.

“I played when I was young,” he said. “But I don’t get to much anymore.” And how does he shoot?

“I always break 40,” he said. “It’s just a question of on what hole that happens.

“Hitting the ball off a corn cob was interesting. When the corn cob goes farther than the ball, you know it will be a long day.”

Dayton joked that his divots looked more like spring planting than something one should see on the golf course.

“Except they were crooked and not in a straight line, but I’m a politician, so you have to expect that,” he laughed.



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