OPINION: Good time to meet area lawmakers
Jan 21, 2013 (American News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Cracker Barrel legislative meetings in Aberdeen begin Feb. 2 at Northern State University. It's a very good time for constituents to meet area lawmakers and discuss the issues facing the state.
We will again offer live streaming video coverage of the Cracker Barrels. This season, we will also take your questions live via email and a Cover It Live chat. There is no reason not to participate -- even if you aren't in the room.
Of course, our lawmakers hear from residents outside those formal meetings, too. Here are contacts for our area lawmakers:
DISTRICT 1 (Brown, Day, Marshall and Roberts counties)
Rep. Dennis Feickert, D-Aberdeen, 38485 129th St., Aberdeen, 57301. 605-225-5844 (home), 605-225-5844 (work).
Sen. Jason Frerichs, D-Wilmot, PO Box 277, Wilmot, 57279. 605-949-2204 (home).
Rep. Susan Wismer, D-Britton, PO Box 147, Britton, 57430. 605-448-5189 (home).
DISTRICT 2 (Brown, Clark, Hamlin, Spink)
Rep. Brock Greenfield, R-Clark, 507 N. Smith St., Clark, 57225. 605-532-4088 (home), 605-532-3799 (work).
Rep. Burt Tulson, R-Lake Norden, 44975 Highway 28, Lake Norden, 57428. 605-785-3480 (home), 605-881-7809 (work).
Sen. Chuck Welke, D-Warner, PO Box 166, Warner, 57479. 605-229-1467 (home).
DISTRICT 3 (Brown)
Rep. Dan Kaiser, R-Aberdeen, 1415 Nicklaus Drive, Aberdeen, 57401. 605-228-4988 (home).
Sen. Al Novstrup, R-Aberdeen, 1705 Northview Lane, Aberdeen, 57401. 605-226-2505 (home), 605-360-9711 (work).
Rep. David Novstrup, R-Aberdeen, 1008 S. Wells St., Aberdeen, 57401. 605-380-9998 (home), 605-225-8541 (work).
DISTRICT 23 (Campbell, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, McPherson, Potter, Spink, Walworth)
Sen. Corey Brown, R-Gettysburg, 316 S. Potter St., Gettysburg, 57442. 605-769-0540 (home), 605-765-9550 (work).
Rep. Justin Cronin, R-Gettysburg, PO Box 42, Gettysburg, 57442. 605-769-1017 (work).
Rep. Charles Hoffman, R-Eureka, 34328 106th St., Eureka, 57437. 605-577-6530 (home), 605-577-5304 (work).
Your voice, heard
We welcome your input every day in the American News. Here are a few ways to participate:
There is always room on the weekly Reader Panel. I email a question every week, and the responses are printed on Tuesdays. To join the panel, send me an email at email@example.com.
Local columnists are needed for the editorial page. We need folks who can write columns about local issues every two weeks. We pay those regular columnists. Email me if you want to learn more.
I've had good feedback about the Sunday Nonprofit Spotlight column. A lot of local groups are writing columns in the rotation, but I want to make sure groups outside of Aberdeen know they can participate. Again, email me for information.
Reminder: Send letters to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow the form at AberdeenNews.com/opinion.
Live chat Wednesday
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