Republican Jason Lewis, former U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Former member of Congress from Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District Jason Lewis was in Morris last week to visit the Stevens County Fair, following a visit to FarmFest. Lewis lost his last election to Democrat Angie Craig but is being rumored to consider a run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Tina Smith. While he made no political announcements on the KMRS Community Connection, the Republican and former conservative radio talk show host did offer one of his ideas to rebuild rural Minnesota.

“One of the things we can do is make certain kids are coming out of high school well educated and then picking, for instance, the trades, rather than a very, very expensive four year liberal arts education — notwithstanding the University of Minnesota Morris,” said Lewis. He argued that employers are looking for “21st century jobs” like carpenter or electrician to rebuild rural Minnesota and the country.

Lewis said the country has too many kids with four year degrees, a huge debt, no job prospects, and waiting tables. He said this was a disservice to them.

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