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Army vet to seek DFL endorsement for District 18

COKATO -- Hal Kimball, 38, of Cokato announced this week he'll seek the DFL endorsement for Senate District 18.

The seat is currently held by Sen. Steve Dille, R-Dassel, who is retiring after 24 years in the Legislature

Kimball, a U.S. Army veteran, ran against Dille in 2006 in the Republican-leaning district.

On his blog, he calls himself a "blue man in a red district."

Four Republicans: Dean Mahlstedt of Cokato, Tim Benoit of Dassel, Randy Wilson of Glencoe and Scott Newman of Hutchinson have indicated their intention to seek their party's endorsement for the seat.

In a press release, Kimball said he plans to carry on Dille's legacy of dedicated service.

"We need more people at the Capitol who are willing to put doing what's right ahead of the same old games," he said. "Steve Dille did that. Even though we don't always agree, I respect him as a man of principle, someone who puts our area first, and that's the mindset I'll take with me to St. Paul."

Kimball said there's too much "narrow thinking" and "knee-jerk ideology" at the Capital on both sides of the aisle.

"People in my party have to accept that there's not a government program for everything. On the other side of the aisle, Republicans need to admit tax cuts aren't the answer to each question."

Kimball said legislators need to stop "re-fighting the same battles of the last decade and start focusing on the challenges facing us in the next 10 years."

He said maintaining Minnesota's higher educational network is crucial for the state to be a leader and not a follower.

Kimball served in the U.S. Army for 11 years and is a graduate of St. Cloud State University. He works for Comcast.

Kimball and his wife, Dori, live in Cokato.