There is so much that makes Minnesota special, from our farms to our factories, our exceptional wilderness, the diverse cultures we represent and our shared Minnesota values. I am honored to come to the Senate every day and work on behalf of my fellow Minnesotans and in this section you can learn more about some of the ways my staff and I are proud to serve you.
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Minnesota People, Places, and Things
Linda Ruprecht, a retired federal employee, and her partner married on August 1, 2013. However, they had difficulty determining how Linda could help her partner receive her health care and retirement benefits. The couple attempted to contact the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)-an independent agency that helps manage federal workers' health care and retirement options-with no luck. Linda reached out to Sen. Al Franken's office, which was able to provide Linda with the information she needed.
Kathleen and Leandro Idiarte contacted Sen. Franken after their decision on Mr. Idiarte's immigrant visa had been held up at the United States Embassy in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Kathleen, a United States Citizen, and Leandro had been living in Brazil with their young daughter, Isabella Marie. An expedited decision in this case was vital, as Isabella needed to come to Minnesota to receive a cochlear implant.
John Hirt was surprised when he was informed that the IRS had no record of him filing his 2012 tax return. This was particularly concerning because John was expecting to close on a refinancing of his home and needed a transcript of his taxes. After spending over forty hours on the phone trying to resolve the issue, John was still unaware of any solutions, so he contacted Sen. Franken.
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