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Kubly files for second term in the Minnesota Senate

GRANITE FALLS -- State Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, has filed for re-election to the Minnesota Senate. "I feel honored that I have the opportunity to serve people both through my experiences as a Lutheran pastor and as a state senator," Ku...

GRANITE FALLS -- State Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, has filed for re-election to the Minnesota Senate.

"I feel honored that I have the opportunity to serve people both through my experiences as a Lutheran pastor and as a state senator," Kubly said in a news release.

"Being a Lutheran pastor gives me insight to what is important to area residents,1 and being a senator helps me take my dedication to service a step further and to help many more people. I've spent most of my working years in various as-pects of public service and this is just one more form."

Kubly said he would focus on education, economic development, and energy in his campaign, as well as health care, early childhood po-licies and good roads.

He is vice-chair of the Early Childhood Policy and Budget Division and chair of the Senate Energy Subcommittee.

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Kubly said in the release that bringing good jobs to rural communities and working toward energy independence go hand-in-hand.

"The ethanol industry has been a boost to rural communities and that's why I co-sponsored legislation to increase the amount of ethanol used in gasoline," he said.

Kubly and his wife, Pat, live in Granite Falls. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Peterson files for re-election

APPLETON -- Rep. Aaron Peterson, DFL-Appleton, filed for re-election last week.

Peterson is currently serving his second term representing District 20A.

He pledged in a news release to run a clean, positive campaign.

"I want to continue to build on the work I've done on behalf of the people in my district," he said. "My campaign will be about energy, growth, respect and fairness."

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Peterson said in the release that he will continue to work in support of agriculture-based renewable energy sources, including wind, biomass, ethanol and biodiesel.

"Rural Minnesota continues to get shorted," Peterson said. "The state budget should treat rural Minnesota fairly." He said he will work on issues affecting senior citizens, local government services, property taxes, college tuition and health care costs.

Peterson serves on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Finance, Veterans Affairs and Governmental Operations and the Energy and Regulated Industries committees.

District 20A includes all of Big Stone, Swift, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln and western Yellow Medicine Counties.

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