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Lueck announces reelection campaign

Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin on Thursday announced he will seek a second term.

"We have made good progress, however, much remains to be done." Lueck said in a news release. "I am especially proud that we were able to strengthen the financial viability of our rural nursing homes, allowing them to continue to provide high quality care for our seniors and improve compensation for their employees."

The 66-year-old Lueck represents House District 10B, which includes all of Aitkin County and part of Crow Wing County.

In an interview Monday, Lueck said he was inspired to run again from the success of the legislation that increased funding for nursing homes.

"That just whets your appetite for looking at all the things we can improve out here in rural Minnesota," he said.

In addition, Lueck said in his possible next term he wanted to work on addressing MNsure, the state's health insurance exchange.

"We need to very carefully start to move this back so it's working for everybody," he said. "People can't stand much more experimentation with their health insurance."

He also wanted to streamline the permitting process for projects like the Sandpiper crude oil pipeline, he said. A lack of pipelines increases the risk of an accident through increased rail traffic, he said.

"It is a public safety hazard that is just begging for a horrible tragedy," he said.

Lueck serves as vice-chair of the House Mining and Outdoor Recreation Committee and is a member of the Agriculture Finance, Agriculture Policy, Lands Subcommittee and Veterans Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission and the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.

Lueck said it was an honor to serve his constituents. Having announced his reelection bid, he would be "turning my full attention back to doing the people's business in the upcoming legislative session" which begins March 8, he said in the release.

He plans to work on tax reform—including eliminating a tax on Social Security benefits—as well as fixing the state's roads and bridges and improving the business climate in rural Minnesota.

Lueck and his wife Linda have two grown children and five grandchildren. While serving in the U.S. Navy, Lueck earned a bachelor of science degree in occupational health and safety and a bachelor's degree in business administration. Lueck retired after 28 years in the Navy in 1997. He and his wife raise beef cattle on their 340-acre farm in Aitkin County.