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Koenen to challenge Miller in District 17A

Lyle Koenen

CLARA CITY — Former Sen. Lyle Koenen is looking to take on Rep. Tim Miller for the District 17A seat.

Koenen, DFL-Clara City, announced Monday that he will be filing for the District 17A seat, which includes the counties of Chippewa, Renville, Swift and four townships in southern Kandiyohi. He won the DFL endorsement for the seat Saturday after a unanimous vote at the Senate District Convention in Raymond.

Koenen served in the state Legislature from 2002 through 2016. He served four terms in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate in 2012 in a special election after the death of Gary Kubly. Koenen ran unsuccessfully against Andrew Lang in 2016 for the Senate seat.

Miller, R-Prinsburg, has represented District 17A since defeating incumbent Andrew Falk in the 2014 election. Miller had explored a congressional campaign against U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, but announced in December he was ending the campaign and would seek re-election to his District 17A House seat.

A news release announcing Koenen's candidacy said he is known for his bipartisanship and diplomatic leadership. Koenen stated that he wants to return to the House to again work with both sides, for solutions to the problems of his district, and to the state.

Koenen, 61, is a former dairy farmer and currently a truck driver. He was among the finalists for the presidency of the Minnesota Farmers Union.

He and his wife, Sandy, are parents to four grown children.

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