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Primary to be held as two DFL'ers file to serve remainder of Kubly's state senate term

WILLMAR -- Two DFL'ers have filed to serve the remaining term of the state senate seat held by Gary Kubly, who died on March 2.

State Representative Lyle Koenen, DFL, Clara City, and John Schultz, of Correll, filed. It means a primary will be held on March 27 to decide the DFL candidate on the ballot.

Both filed in their home counties on Friday.

The special election to fill the seat will be held April 10.

Filing for the special election continues until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13.

Schultz is active with the DFL party. He had previously sought the party's endorsement for the house seat held by Andrew Falk of Murdock.

Koenen is currently the state representative for district 20B.

Koenen said he decided to run due to his relationship with the late Gary Kubly and surviving spouse, Pat, as well as encouragement from democrats in the district.

Koenen said he decided to run after meeting with Pat Kubly. She does not intend to run.

The district covers all of Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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