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Former Minnesota House Minority Leader Matt Entenza announces his intention to run for governor April 23, 2009, in Worthington.

Entenza announces his intent to run for governor of Minnesota

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WORTHINGTON -- Former Minnesota House Minority Leader Matt Entenza announced his bid for governor Thursday morning, returning to his high school alma mater to make his announcement alongside former teachers, as well as family and friends.

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Entenza, a Democrat who now lives in St. Paul, served in the Minnesota Legislature for 12 years, and later founded Minnesota 2020, a non-partisan think tank that studies state public policy issues. On Thursday, he credited Worthington as a source of his success.

"When I was 15 and lost my father to alcoholism, this is the town that rallied around me and my family," Entenza said before a crowd that included supporters, Worthington city officials and Worthington High School students.

"It's where I learned about following your dreams and where I got a terrific education that enabled me to go on to get scholarships and go to college," Entenza added. "They (Worthington teachers and the community) made sure I grew up in an environment where every child could be successful."

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