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HOUSTON, Minn. — Rural communities must work together to protect water quality.

That was the message from a group of farmers and residents in Winona County who gathered for a water and climate listening session co-hosted by the Minnesota Well Owners Organization and the Rural Organizing Project of ISAIAH MN.

Todd Lippert leads the Rural Organizing Project of ISAIAH Minnesota, a coalition of faith communities fighting for racial and economic justice in the state. Lippert served two terms in the Minnesota House and is a pastor in the United Church of Christ.

“Its mission is to create an economy and a democracy that’s honoring the dignity and worth of rural people in Minnesota,” Lippert said of the project. “We’re a newer organization, and we’ve been doing a lot of listening in rural communities about the needs that people in rural communities are facing.”

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