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Franken in Office Means New Position for Pine City’s Petersen

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

alanaSenator Al Franken officially took office, Tuesday, eight months after the initial election.  His swearing in is the start of a new era not only for the one time comedian, but also for a Pine City area resident.  Alana Petersen is Franken’s Minnesota State Director. She is in Washington D.C. this week working side-by-side with Minnesota’s junior Senator.  Petersen says while the process has been hectic, it’s mostly exciting.

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Franken selected Petersen to her current position in April, months before he even knew if he would serve as Senator.  She spent the past five years working as the Political Director and Director of Field Operations for Congressman Jim Oberstar.  Petersen says her main role is to help set up Franken’s staff and offices across Minnesota.  She adds that she will take the concerns of Minnesotans to the Senator.

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Petersen is a lifelong Minnesota resident.  She says that she is proud to represent the Pine City area on a national level.

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7 Comments

  1. Ronnie Ginnever 07/8/09 at 7:33pm

    Senator Franken couldn’t have chosen a better person for the job!

  2. Shannon 07/9/09 at 5:09am

    Frankenstein’s new comedy sketch writer. Can’t wait.

  3. Nancy Dahlin 07/10/09 at 7:26am

    Alana has a good connection to outstate Minnesota. Whether the Senator realizes it or not, this is a real plus. Alana is very competent . And if you know her, or get to know her, you will quickly realize her interests are for all persons and their care, and the care of the communities they live in, regardless of political influences. Anyone approaching Alana with a request or information for the Senator will be taken seriously and handled with respect and interest for the matter at hand. AS for Shannons remark on these postings. When feeling courageous to make nasty remarks about someone you probably don’t even know, for goodness sake, at least have the —- to put
    your last name.

  4. PCMOM 07/10/09 at 12:52pm

    congratulations and best wishes to a local outstate resident. I trust she is the best person for the job!

  5. boogpowell72 07/11/09 at 8:08am

    You couldn’t force me to vote for Al Franken if you dipped me in boiling oil, BUT I congratulate Ms. Petersen on her accomplishment. In comparing her enthusiastic demeanor with that of the chair of the local Republicans who seems so eager to talk down his own party (read the next post and listen to the sound bites) its no wnoder Repubs took such a shellacking last election.

  6. Jacquelyn Bernard 07/11/09 at 12:57pm

    Alana Petersen is dedicated, experienced, educated, honest and reliable. Al Franken’s choice of Alana Petersen as State Director is a choice that assures that Minnesotans will be well served. Alana Petersen gave of her vacation time, nights and weekends from April to July to make sure Franken’s Minnesota staff would be ready if and when Franken was certified as Senator.

  7. shannon 07/13/09 at 4:41pm

    Al Franken is a joke. His whole life has been about making jokes, at other peoples expense. He has made jokes about rape. Cute. Franken will be nothing more than a yes man to the Dems. He will dutifully do whatever they ask of him. He is the 60th vote. Thats it. I don’t think I would be too proud to work for a man like that. But, hey, at least she has a job. Can’t say that about a lot of people these days. As for my last name, what does it matter to you? What are you gonna do, call me so we can chat?? Personally I don’t need or even want to know anyones last name. It is irrelevant.

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