ST. CLOUD -- U.S. Senator Al Franken will be in St. Cloud tomorrow morning to speak at the annual Minnesota Association of Townships Conference.

Franken says townships represent a grassroots look at Minnesota and what rural residents need from Washington.

Franken says he's working with townships to get better access to broadband internet services, attract doctors and keep volunteer fire departments funded.

Franken says he also will bring a message of a balanced approach to solving the "fiscal cliff" facing America.