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Koenen will seek District 17 Senate seat in western Minn.

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WILLMAR - Rep. Lyle Koenen, of Clara City, said today he will seek DFL endorsement for the Senate District 17 seat.

If he receives the endorsement this spring, Koenen would be in an election match-up with Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, in November.

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Koenen has served in the House for 10 years. After the redistricting maps were released last week Koenen was placed in the same House district as fellow DFL'er, Rep. Andrew Falk, of Murdock.

Koenen said the two legislators discussed options, including both seeking endorsement for the House or one of them not running for re-election.

They eventually agreed that Falk would seek endorsement for the new House 17A seat and Koenen would run for Senate.

Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, is in the new district, but he is not seeking re-election because of a serious health condition.

No one else has formally announced they intend to run for the District 17 Senate seat, although there's been talk that Larry Rice, who ran unsuccessfully against Gimse two years ago, may run again.

Koenen said he's making no assumptions that he would win the approval of delegates, but said if he was elected to the Senate he would have Kubly as a role model to follow.

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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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