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Cooperative Network, dedicated to protecting and promoting cooperative businesses and their shared principles, has entered into a new relationship with the Government Relations Group at Fredrikson. Throughout the 2024 Minnesota legislative session, Fredrikson will assist Cooperative Network with policy priorities, and these efforts will include preparing alliance leaders for bill hearing and legislator meetings, developing strategic communications recommendations, securing bill authors, tracking specific legislation and monitoring committees, among other tasks.

Fredrikson government relations specialist, Bennett Smith, will lead the efforts for Cooperative Network. Smith has deep experience with Minnesota agriculture policy and practices and is involved with his family’s farm operation.

“Cooperative Network is excited to have the expertise and experience of the Fredrikson team lead the government affairs efforts in the state of Minnesota,” said Cooperative Network president and CEO Dan Smith. “Cooperative members will benefit from the team’s multi-sector experience, and their ability to work across party lines for the good of the cooperative model.”

Fredrikson & Byron is a leading Midwest law firm working collaboratively to help businesses achieve their goals regionally, nationally and globally. With a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet,” our attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients and operate as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors. The firm’s 375+ attorneys are based in Minneapolis, with offices in Ames, Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Madison, Mankato, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Learn more at fredlaw.comLinkedIn or @FredriksonLaw.

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