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An invitation: Mr President, join us at Farm Tech Days

When it comes to dignitaries, Pierce County Board Chairman Paul Barkla, River Falls, dreams big.

Wouldn't it be great, he thought, if President Obama visited Wisconsin Farm Technology Days when Pierce County hosts the event July 20-22, 2010.

While Farm Technology Days may be small potatoes compared to the Copenhagen climate summit, it's a major event in the agricultural world.

So with a little push from fellow Supervisor Greg Place, Barkla, a lifelong Democrat who remembers going door-to-door campaigning for Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, started calling and writing friends and associates in government.

Phone calls and letters went out to Congressman Ron Kind, U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, the man who was national field director for the Obama presidential campaign, Sen. Herb Kohl, Gov. Jim Doyle and others in high places.

For more please read the Dec. 23 print version of the Herald.