Horn available for comments following joint committee hearing at LSSU

Who:               State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth.

What:             The Senate Commerce, Transportation, and Economic Development and International Investment committees are set to hold a rare joint hearing on the campus of Lake Superior State University on Monday, Nov. 2.

The committees will meet to consider and take public testimony on Senate Resolution 105, which urges the federal government to upgrade the aging locks.

Horn will be available for comments after the hearing. 

When:             Immediately following the hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 2.

Where:           By phone or at:

The Cisler Center – Superior Room

Lake Superior State University

650 W. Easterday Ave.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Briefing:         Horn will be available for comments immediately following the hearing. Please contact Chief of Staff Jami Des Chenes at (517) 281-5805 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

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Senate committees to hold joint hearing on Soo Locks at LSSU

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Commerce, Transportation, and Economic Development and International Investment committees are set to hold a rare joint hearing on the campus of Lake Superior State University on Monday, Nov. 2.

The committees will meet to consider and take public testimony on Senate Resolution 105, which urges the federal government to upgrade the aging locks. 

Who:

State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, Commerce Committee chairman;
State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, Transportation Committee chairman;
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, Economic Development and International Investment Committee chairman;
Members of the committees;
John Loftus, executive director of the Wayne Port Authority;
Tom Rayburn, director of Environmental & Regulatory Affairs for Lakes Carriers Association;
Members of the public.

What:

A joint hearing of the Senate Commerce, Transportation, and Economic Development and International Investment committees. 

When:

Monday, Nov. 2 at 10:15 a.m.

Hearing Location:

The Cisler Center — Superior Room
Lake Superior State University
650 W. Easterday Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

 Streaming info:

The hearing will be live-streamed at UStream.tv/Channel/MISenate.

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Horn Hometown Tours: Michigan Sugar

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn continued his Hometown Tours series with a stop in Blumfield Township Friday for an inside look at Michigan’s sugar industry.

Owner Gary Reif and Horn met in one of the many fields owned by Reif Farms and started the tour by introducing Horn to the various equipment that would be used during the harvest.

“Each one of these tours is unique in many ways,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “As I was driving toward the location, I could see big dust clouds, several semi-trucks coming and going and a field full of massive harvesting equipment. I knew this would be a fantastic ‘Pure Michigan’ experience.”

After a brief introduction to the harvesting methods and equipment, the operation moved into full swing. Horn boarded the harvester and they were off.

“Riding in the harvester was probably my favorite part,” Horn said. “The equipment is massive; there is no other way to describe it. When I first arrived, Gary gave me a brief history lesson and mentioned he started out as a kid harvesting beets one row at a time. Now he’s using a piece of equipment the size of a small house to do several rows at a time. The advances in equipment and technology are amazing.”

As the harvester moves through the field, the built-in holding area fills up with beets. Tractors with large trailers then pull alongside the harvester and the beets are unloaded into the trailers.

The tractors then drive the trailers full of beets over to the line of semi-trucks waiting for a load. Once the semis are loaded, they make their way to Michigan Sugar Company’s scales to unload and receive a voucher based on the weight of the load.

“After we finished harvesting, Gary loaded up the semi and we made our way down the street to weigh the beets we harvested,” Horn said. “As you pull into the Blumfield scale, all you can see around you are enormous, evenly distributed piles of beets.”

Once they arrived at the scales and Reif was able to unload the harvested beets, scale manager Dave Ganton gave Horn a brief tour and explanation of the process they use to organize, store and ship the beets to the various factories in the region. Horn even had the opportunity to run some of the unloading equipment as other farmers dropped off their harvest.

“The quantity of beets they receive during the fall harvest really shows the strong presence Michigan has in the sugar industry. We were only there for an hour or so, and in that time around 100 trucks came and went,” Horn said. “The most fascinating part to me was that all of these beets stay in Michigan throughout the extraction process. Some go to Caro, Croswell or Sebewaing, but most go to Bay City for processing.”

Blumfield Township completes the sixth stop on Horn’s Hometown Tours series.

“I’d like to thank everyone who made this tour possible and successful,” Horn said. “I want to personally thank Gary for having me out to the farm, and Dave for allowing us to take a brief tour of the Michigan Sugar Company’s facilities. I owe both of them for sharing such great information about this ‘Pure Michigan’ industry.”

For video of this and previous tours, click here.

Horn’s Hometown Tours feature various communities in the 32nd District. If you are interested in having Horn visit, please contact his office at (517) 373-1760, toll-free at (855) 347-8032 or by email at SenKHorn@senate.michigan.gov.

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Editor’s note: A print-quality copy of each photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting www.SenatorKenHorn.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

 

PHOTO 1 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, poses for a picture in the back of a semi loaded with sugar beets.

PHOTO 2 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands with Gary Reif, owner of Reif Farms, as Reif gives him a lesson on the anatomy of a sugar beet.

 

PHOTO 3 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, unloads the day’s harvest at Michigan Sugar Company’s Blumfield scale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horn announces October office hours in Fenton

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, announced that October office hours are scheduled for the 32nd Senate District.

Horn will be available to meet with constituents at the following date, time and location:

Friday, Oct. 23

10 – Noon

Fenton Township Office, first floor conference room

12060 Mantawauka Dr.

Fenton, MI 48430

Horn will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have. No appointment is necessary.

For more information or to contact Horn, please visit www.SenatorKenHorn.com or call 517-373-1760.

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Horn welcomes Saginaw area librarian to Capitol honoring 50 years of service

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed Ruth Ann Reinert to the Capitol Tuesday to celebrate her 50 years of service to the Saginaw community. Reinert has served five decades in the Saginaw library system.

Reinert currently serves as the head of Circulation Acquisition and Technological Services at Hoyt Library and was joined by friends and co-workers as her service was honored during Tuesday’s session.

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Horn welcomes local veteran to Capitol for Vietnam era veterans memorial

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed veteran Lavern Spolarich to the Capitol Thursday. Spolarich is a former commander of the American Legion Post 212 out of Chesaning and also the 8th District Judge Advocate for the American Legion Department of Michigan.

Spolarich was Horn’s guest at an event honoring veterans of the Vietnam War era on the Capitol lawn. Members of the American Legion Post 229 from Blumfield Township in Saginaw County also attended.

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Editor’s note: A print-quality photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorKenHorn.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.