LAFAYETTE - Rep. Terry Morrow, D-St. Peter, talked to sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students Friday during his tour of Lafayette Charter School (LCS).
Morrow said working on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium legislation was among the biggest projects he has worked on during his four terms in the Minnesota Legislature.
"It was fun, but a challenge," Morrow said.
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State Rep. Terry Morrow, D-St. Peter, left, talks to sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students at Lafayette Charter School (LCS) Friday.
He said one of the more unusual things he learned during that project was that fans would pay more for a suite in a roofless stadium than in one with a roof.
"Some fans think a suite is more valuable if there are other fans outside in the cold watching games," Morrow added.
When he learned the stadium would generate several hundred million dollars to the Minnesota economy, he realized the project was worth the time and effort.
Morrow said the U.S. Highway 14 improvement project is important because it will divide traffic lanes in order to decrease head-on collisions.
"I spent lots of time as a legislator listening to people talk about things they need and want besides talking to them," he added.
Spending five months of the year (January through May) away from his wife and daughter during the legislative session and being yelled at by people are among the tougher parts of the job, according to Morrow.
"On top of that, there is someplace I'm supposed to be just about all the time," he added.
Morrow said he would attend seven meetings on Friday after visiting LCS.
Due to legislative redistricting, Morrow said he would not represent Sibley County as of Jan. 1, 2013, but he invited anyone with questions to contact his office.
"If you live in Nicollet County, you're still my boss next year," Morrow said.
Among his more interesting events were meeting Vice President Joe Biden Jr., Hillary Clinton, and watching a Minnesota Vikings game with Gov. Mark Dayton in Dayton's living room.
Morrow said he attended many schools growing up, living in New York, New Jersey, Ohio and California. A communications studies teacher at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter during fall semester, Morrow earned a B.A. in rhetoric at the University of California-Berkeley; a J.D. at the University of California-Davis and PhD in communications studies at Northwestern University.
"Moving around so much in my younger days made it necessary for me to meet new people and be comfortable around them," Morrow said.
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