Congressional candidates to debate at Farmfest

Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and Republican Randy Demmer face off before an audience of farmers on Tuesday.

The two participate in a forum at Farmfest near Redwood Falls with candidates from three other congressional districts.

The 1st District candidates from southern Minnesota are Walz, Demmer and Independence Party candidate Steven Wilson. Walz is running for a third term.

Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson will be there, too. So will 7th District Republican challengers Lee Byberg and Alan Roebke and Independence Party candidate Glen Menze. Peterson heads the House Agriculture Committee and is seeking an 11th term representing western Minnesota.

Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann and John Kline won't attend, but two of their election rivals will. Democrats Tarryl Clark and Shelley Madore are participating.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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