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Marty Seifert, Republican candidate for Minnesota governor, grew up on a farm near Morgan. He says he understands better than his rivals what rural residents face and the feeling of being left behind by the metro area. (Pioneer Press photo)

With rural roots, Seifert says he hears message from farmers, small towns who feel left behind

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By Bill Salisbury

St. Paul Pioneer Press

In the dairy barn at the Dodge County Fair in Kasson last week, farmer Mary Buck told Republican gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert that a torrent of local, state and federal regulations triggered her family’s decision to sell off their dairy herd in 2009.

“Too many cooks in the kitchen,” said Buck, of West Concord.

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