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U.S. Rep. Larsen makes House calls on local farmers


August 19, 2020

GOVERNMENT ASSISTING FARMERS, AND OTHERS – U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Everett) spoke with La Conner farmers Serena Campbell and Dave Hedlin Aug. 18 about their PPP loan. Congress passed the Payroll Protection Program last spring to help businesses of all kinds survive through the first spring of the coronavirus pandemic. – Photo by Bill Reynolds

With Congress on summer recess, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Everett) took a field trip to the La Conner area last Tuesday.

Make that field trips.

Larsen made stops at the Hedlin’s Family Farm stand near the roundabout and at Tulip Town on Bradshaw Road northeast of La Conner as part of a Second Congressional District tour to learn how Paycheck Protection Program loans issued earlier this year have helped save jobs in the area.

The responses? The funding packages proved vital as local farms dealt with COVID-19 pandemic induced financial strains. Washington state went into a major economic...

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