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Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Roger Cooper
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Representative Roger Cooper grew up in Freeport, Illinois and received his undergraduate degree from Rockford College. He has also attended graduate school at Mankato State University. After working briefly in the private sector, Cooper accepted a position as a teacher in the Bird Island school system. He has served as the Renville County DFL chair, on the Bird Island city council, and on the Region 6E development commission. He also is active in a variety of other civic organizations. Elected to the House in 1986, Cooper serves on the agriculture; economic development and housing; governmental operations; and health and human services committees. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Cooper's early involvement in politics and his election to the House of Representatives; rural Minnesota health care including the scarcity of physicians and medical services, the aging of the rural population, the cost of insurance and the effect of Twin City based health organizations on hospitals and available nursing care in rural communities; agriculture and the family farm versus corporate and contract farming; genetic engineering and the use of chemicals and herbicides to increase productivity; commodity prices versus cost production; the success of state legislation such as interest buy down during the farm crisis; global farming and the future of agriculture in Renville County; economic development including ethanol, sugarbeet and corn cooperative organizations, the Greater Minnesota Corporation and its funding support, small businesses and demographics in rural areas; and schools and school consolidation.
1.5 hours sound cassette
16 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
75 minutes length
Interviewee: Cooper, Roger
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Made in: Bird Island, Renville County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 76 (Library Call Number)
AV1989.258.2 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project'