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Shakopee Patch: Sen. Al Franken Talks Education With Shakopee Ninth-Graders

World domination wasn’t the intended theme of United States Sen. Al Franken’s visit Wednesday to Shakopee Junior High, but it became a somewhat humorous touchstone for almost every speaker at an assembly of ninth-graders.

World domination wasn’t the intended theme of United States Sen. Al Franken’s visit Wednesday to Shakopee Junior High, but it became a somewhat humorous touchstone for almost every speaker at an assembly of ninth-graders.

The actual focus and reason for the Minnesota Democrat’s visit was to talk about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math in education—and in future jobs. Shakopee Schools Superintendent Rod Thompson kicked off the visit by telling students he’d like them to go out and dominate the world when it comes to occupations related to those fields.

Michael Yeager, owner of Yeager Machine, in Norwood Young America, MN, also told students the United States needs to “dominate the world.” He now needs to hire 10 people for high-paying high-tech jobs, Yeager added, but said recruiting firms can’t find people with the right skills.

Franken was quick to comment with a smile that “because press is in the room I’d like to clarify that Yeager meant dominate—in the manufacturing way.”

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