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Ivan Meintz, right, checks in to cast his ballot in Clara City during the special election Tuesday for the District 20 Senate seat held by the late Gary Kubly of Granite Falls. Election judge Colette Grussing assists. Rep. Lyle Koenen of Clara City was chosen by voters to succeed Kubly. The Senate term ends this year. Redistricting has put much of the area served by Kubly into the new District 17. Koenen intends to seek the DFL endorsement for Senate in the new district, as does Larry Rice of Willmar. (T...

Koenen chosen to succeed Kubly as District 20 senator in western Minn.


CLARA CITY -- Rep. Lyle Koenen will be moving from the House to the Senate for the remainder of the year after winning a three-way race Tuesday for the Senate District 20 seat.

Koenen, DFL-Clara City, won by a comfortable margin.

He defeated Gregg Kulberg, a Republican from Hector, and Leon Greenslit, a member of the Independence Party from Olivia.

Koenen garnered 54 percent of the votes cast.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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