It's been a busy six months for former Lieutenant Governor now Senator Tina Smith with another busy 6 months ahead as she fights to retain her seat.
The former Lieutenant Governor-now Senator made two stops in the Northland Friday.
Her first stop was in Hinckley to tour a workforce training center.
Her second stop was in Mountain Iron today to meet with local leaders on the Iron Range.
In an interview with KBJR 6 Smith touched on issues including the importance of rural broadband access, protecting the pensions of Minnesota retirees and expanding workforce training here in Northern Minnesota.
Senator Smith also voiced support for the MPCA in their findings that the PolyMet mine project is safe for the environment.
"Well on the question of these proposed mines like the PolyMet Mine, we are coming towards the end of a roughly 10 or 15 years of environmental review. I have faith in the work that's been done", said Senator Smith.
Senator Smith also talked about the big battle to replace Congressman Rick Nolan's 8th congressional district seat and how important the race is nationally.
"What happens in Minnesota is gonna have a big impact on what happens in Washington D.C. We are at a time of a lot of change in our country," said Smith.
The Senator says she hopes everyone in the 8th district pays close attention to what the candidates have to say.
She is not putting her support behind any one 8th district candidate at this time.