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Dassel, Minn., woman endorsed for DFL House race in District 18A

DASSEL -- Nancy Larson, of Dassel, was endorsed last month in Hutchinson as the DFL candidate for House in District 18A.

She will face Rep. Dean Urdahl, of Grove City, who received the GOP endorsement in March.

District 18A includes all of Meeker County, Cokato and Cokato Townships in Wright County, and the western half of Hutchinson as well as the townships of Hutchinson, Acoma and Lynn in McLeod County.

Much of that area had been in District 18B prior to redistricting.

In a news release, Larson said she has spent the past six years working as a lobbyist for the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and the 18 years previous to that working as the executive director of the Minnesota Association of Small Cities where she worked on behalf of cities in House District 18A and worked with other rural groups "to strengthen all of greater Minnesota."

Calling herself a "hawk" when it comes to state finances, Larson said she is known as someone who works with both sides of the aisle and who will oppose anyone who proposes legislation detrimental to rural Minnesota.

She said last year's "lopsided property tax bill" is one of the issues that led her to run for the Legislature this year. She said Greater Minnesota property owners "took the biggest hit" when the legislature eliminated the market value homestead credit.

Larson said the current "charge and spend" policy permeating the Capitol is disastrous," and that a pay-as-you-go practice needs to be implemented.

She said the current Legislature "has put us so far in hock that it will take some time to work our way out of it. It is time for a change."

Prior to working for rural cities, Larson spent 10 years as a reporter for the Dassel-Cokato Enterprise/Dispatch. While working there, she graduated from St. Cloud State University. Her four children are all graduates of Dassel-Cokato High School.

Larson was the DFL endorsed candidate for state auditor in 1998, for lieutenant governor in 1994, for the House in 1992 and has been a member of the Democratic National Committee.

Larson has lived in Dassel for the past 40 years with her husband, Merle.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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