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Minn. Senate, House alter Wednesday schedules to allow members to attend Kubly funeral

ST. PAUL -- Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem walked across the front of the Minnesota Senate chamber today, pausing at a desk decorated with flowers and a photo of Sen. Gary Kubly.

Kubly remembered
The front corner desk where Sen. Gary Kubly of Granite Falls sat is decorated today with his picture and flowers. Kubly died Friday night and legislators honored him with a moment of silence Monday. (Don Davis/Forum Communications Co.)

ST. PAUL -- Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem walked across the front of the Minnesota Senate chamber today, pausing at a desk decorated with flowers and a photo of Sen. Gary Kubly.

"He was a great guy," Senjem said about the Granite Falls lawmaker who died Friday. "We will really miss him."

The desk is where Kubly sat this year, as Lou Gehrig's disease drained his energy.

Senjem, a Rochester Republican, said senators respected Democrat Kubly. "Gary Kubly never had a cross word about anybody."

Senjem canceled all Senate meetings for Wednesday and House Speaker Kurt Zellers called off all House proceedings until 4:30 p.m. so that lawmakers may attend Kubly's Granite Falls funeral.

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Senate Chaplain the Rev. Phil Shaw opened the Senate session by praying that Kubly's family receive comfort.

Kubly, 68, died in a St. Paul hospital Friday after suffering a medical problem Wednesday morning. He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease, also known as ALS, in 2010 and his health gradually failed since then.

Kubly, who was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, was a Lutheran pastor. He served in the Minnesota Legislature since 1997.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Granite Falls Lutheran Church. Visitation is to be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church and an hour prior to the service.

Don Davis reports for Forum Communications Co.

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