Last month, the City of Sleepy Eye was shocked by the announcement that its Del Monte plant will be closing. US legislators from Minnesota say they are dedicated to assist the City moving forward. Representative Jim Hagedorn said the moment he heard about the plant, he reached out to the U.S. Department of Labor and Governor Tim Walz to get a WARN Act in action to provide workers time for adjustment and retain opportunities before they lose their jons. Hagedorn said he toured the Seneca facility in Blue Earth last week and encouraged their leadership to keep an open mind when looking at the Sleepy Eye plant.
Senator Tina Smith has been in contact with Sleepy Eye Mayor Wayne Pelzel in addressing teh closure. She said she supports small towns and rural areas in Minnesota, and hopefully the Sleepy Eye plant can attract a buyer. She said too often people look at what may be wrong with a community rather than what’s going right, and Sleepy Eye has a lot of things going for it. Smith is specifically working on expanding rural broadband and supporting rural hospitals.