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Falk announces bid for new MN House 17A seat

WILLMAR - Rep. Andrew Falk, DFL-Murdock, said today he will seek re-election in the Minnesota House of Representatives in the new House District 17A.

Falk and fellow DFLer Lyle Koenen of Clara City issued a joint statement this afternoon about their political plans, including Koenen's decision to run for Senate.

Falk and Koenen were paired in the same House district because of new redistricting maps.

After discussing their options, the two friends and colleagues reached a mutual agreement that Falk would seek the House seat and Koenen will run for the redrawn Senate District 17 seat, which had paired DFL Sen. Gary Kubly, who is retiring, with GOP Sen. Joe Gimse, of Willmar.

Both Falk and Koenen are lifelong residents and have farmed in the area. They have worked closely at the Legislature on rural issues including economic development, agriculture, veterans affairs, health care, energy, education, and property tax relief, according to a news release.

"Rep. Koenen and I are deeply committed to creating jobs and strengthening our rural economy. We share the same rural values and will be a very effective team in the House and Senate," said Falk.

"I'm honored to run for the seat Senator Kubly has represented with integrity for the last decade," said Koenen. "Together Representative Falk and I will make rural Minnesota an even better place for our children and grandchildren."

The new Senate District 17 is comprised of the majority of Renville County and all of Chippewa, Kandiyohi and Swift Counties.