A Minnesota U.S. Representative and front-runner for the Democratic nomination for governor will make a stop in Waseca later this month on his Southern Minnesota Way of Life Tour.

DFL Congressman has served as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 1st congressional district since 2007. He’s the current frontrunner on the DFL side in the governor’s race.

First District Congressman Tim Walz of Mankato says the event will include a conversation about how to best invest in the future of the region’s 21 counties, and identify federal policy solutions to the issues that matter most to the people of southern Minnesota.

Through guest speakers, panels, and small group discussions, Walz says southern Minnesota community leaders will examine the most critical challenges facing the communities from global, regional, and local perspectives. He adds that attendees will spend time identifying and sharing best practices on how to promote local opportunities and regional strengths to better position the region for the future.

The Regional Vitality Summit in Waseca is Thursday, April 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Starfire Event Center.