Broadband Conferernce: Speaker Intro: Representative Al Juhnke

Rep. Juhnke believes the 2007-08 sessions are “all about the three Rs: renewables, research and resources.” Juhnke is excited about the nationwide spotlight on alternative fuels, Minnesota as a leader in biodiesel and ethanol mandates and cellulosic ethanol research and development. “Minnesota should be America’s energy leader,” says Juhnke.

Rep. Juhnke has had a keen interest in telecommunications. Having served on committees dealing with this regulatory industry over the years, he has become recognized as one of the legislative go-to’s for important initiatives. He recognizes the need for a strong back-bone infrastructure in all of Minnesota as it pertains to our future.

In 2000, the “common sense”-oriented Juhnke gained international fame on CNN World, the BBC and other nationwide media for the “Hotdish Bill,” which protected potlucks from government regulation. In 2003, he authored the “Pickle Bill” freeing small jarring operations from state health department oversight. “I seem to pick food fights,” he jests.

Rep. Juhnke and his wife Claire are proud of their son who is in the MN Army National Guard and their daughter who is currently attending to University of Minnesota-Morris. Juhnke enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, 1970s rock & roll and acting.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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