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Stevens County coordinator seeking DFL endorsement for District 11 seat

MORRIS -- Stevens County Coordinator Jim Thoreen said Tuesday that he will seek the DFL endorsement to challenge Minnesota District 11 Republican Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen.

Thoreen, 64, of Morris, is retiring from the county this summer. He has held the position for 12 years. He's also worked as a county administrator in three other counties during his career.

District 11 is comprised of Stevens, Douglas, Grant and Todd counties. Ingebrigtsen's first four-year term ends this year.

The Senate District 11 DFL en-dorsing convention is at 6 p.m. April 8 at Alexandria Vocational Technical School.

"I seek election to represent the needs of rural Minnesotans who want and need good jobs to help support our communities," Thoreen said.

Thoreen said his 30 years working in government administration has given him experience in a variety of issues, such as public roads, environmental issues and property tax administration.

"Unless we make fundamental changes to the way Minnesota government works at all levels, it's difficult to foresee continuation of the quality of life we have come to know and expect. I can help guide us to new ways of reducing the cost of government," he said.

In addition to his government service, Thoreen has been active in radio and television work. He is a Vietnam-era Army veteran, is an active member of the Morris Kiwanis club, sings in a men's quartet and serves the addiction recovery community as the result of 28 years of recovery from alcoholism.

He has been married to his wife, Bonnie, for 39 years. They have three sons who live the in the Twin Cities area.