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Franson meets with student Democrats, issues apology

In this file photo. Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, reacts to news that Trump won the state of Ohio during the 2016 general election. File photo / Forum News Service

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, changed her mind and decided to meet with the Alexandria Area High School Democrats on Wednesday.

"I met with the Alexandria High School Democrats, and we had an engaging and productive discussion on the issues of climate change, college affordability and a carbon tax," Franson said Friday, Dec. 22. "I appreciate the assistance of Alexandria High School in helping to facilitate the meeting, and that we were able to meet in an appropriate venue.

"I also apologized by stating I should have handled the situation better," Franson said. "Leaders are able to admit their mistakes and apologize."

Franson initially declined meeting with the students, saying she didn't meet with partisan groups in her office. She also expressed concerns about the group supporting her opponent's campaign and the fact that some of the students were minors.

The Twitter exchanges between Franson and the student group went viral, generating more than 200,000 interactions on Twitter.

The students expressed gratitude for the meeting.

"While it took a while to set this up, we appreciate you meeting with your constituents. Happy holidays!," the students said on their Twitter account.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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