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Lueck seeks 3rd term in Minnesota House of Representatives

Rep. Dale Lueck of Aitkin announces he will seek re-election to a third term in the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing House District 10B. Submitted photo

As long as Dale Lueck believes there is still work to do, the Aitkin Republican said he hopes voters will continue to send him to St. Paul, so he can continue to work on their behalf.

The 68-year-old husband and father of two announced Wednesday his re-election bid for a third, two-year term in the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing House District 10B.

"We have made excellent progress in improving our local economy. I am especially proud that we finally reduced and in many cases completely eliminated the state income tax on seniors' Social Security pension benefits," he stated in a news release.

In a phone interview Wednesday, Lueck talked about making improvements to the availability of health care in Minnesota.

"We're handicapped by the federal government, and that's going to take us several years to really fix some things that have just been a real problem for people in the independent insurance market," he said.

Lueck was first elected to the House in 2014, defeating Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe Radinovich of Crosby by 3.86 percent or 686 votes.

"Generally, I favor a conservative approach to government. ... Unnecessary regulations and stuff are tough when it's the husband and wife running the little company," Lueck said Wednesday.

Lueck enlisted in the Navy as a firefighter recruit in 1968 and advanced through the enlisted ranks to master chief petty officer before retiring in 1997. His last assignment was as a Navy supervisor of diving in Washington, D.C.

"We've got some important things government certainly has to do, but government is not the solution to everything," Lueck said the day after Republican President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address.

"I will say this: He (Trump) has already affected some important changes within the regulatory agencies that's going to make it a lot more productive for businesses in rural Minnesota. ... And that tax cut was long overdue."

Lueck started a beef cattle operation called Nordland Cattle & Timber Co. in 1997, and a trade newspaper in 2001. He was elected as an Aitkin County commissioner for two terms and served on the county forest advisory and University of Minnesota Extension committees.

"Our small businesses have been helped by a major reduction in the state general business tax," Lueck said in his announcement he was running for office again to represent House District 10B, which includes all of Aitkin County and a large portion of Crow Wing County.

"We put new money into roads and bridges, invested in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area ... and have an oversight responsibility for what the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) does with that funding," he said.

The beef producer obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in occupational health and safety, and a bachelor's degree in business administration from National University, while serving in the Navy.

"We need to make sure government stays out of the way of a good, vigorous economy and not does things that would make it tougher, especially in rural Minnesota for people to make a living. You know this is small business central," Lueck said.

He serves as vice chairman of the House Mining, Forestry and Tourism Sub-Committee and is a member of the Agriculture Policy; Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance; Capital Investment, and Veterans Affairs committees.

"With all state constitutional offices on the ballot in 2018, we will see a new governor elected," Lueck said. "I want to be in the Legislature next year to work with the new governor,

regardless of which party's candidate is elected as our next governor."

Lueck also serves as chair of the Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission and is a member of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.

"We have made substantial progress in creating opportunities here in rural Minnesota, but we

still have issues like the Mille Lacs Lake Fishery to resolve, much more work remains to

be done," Lueck said.

"It's sort of like once you get involved in this stuff and you make some progress, boy, you know there's always additional things that need to be corrected or resolved, and my guess is my generation, we are all kind of workaholics and we don't stop until we get the job done."

He and wife Linda have two grown children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The Aitkin High School graduate and his spouse raise beef cattle on their 340-acre farm in Aitkin County.