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Sen. Franken hires Juhnke for ag, energy and environmental outreach slot

Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar, is seeking his eighth term in the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 13B.

Seven-term veteran state Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar, will go to work for U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.

Juhnke, defeated by Republican Bruce Vogel last November, will handle Franken's agriculture, energy and environmental outreach duties. He will be stationed in Willmar, but travel the state for Franken.

"Al Juhnke understands how important agriculture, energy, and the environment are to creating jobs and spurring economic development in Minnesota," Franken said. "He has spent years working closely with key Minnesota groups, stakeholders and communities on these issues and knows how important they are to our state's economy and its future. We're all lucky to have him back in a role where he's serving the people of Minnesota."

At the end of his legislative tenure, Juhnke was the House agriculture committee's chairman.

Since losing re-election, Juhnke has remained in the public eye, producing a news summary of greater Minnesota issues.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.