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Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, died in a St. Paul hospital Friday after suffering a medical problem Wednesday morning. He was diagnosed with Lou Gerig's Disease in 2010 and his health gradually failed.

Minnesota Sen. Kubly remembered as 'bridge crosser'

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GRANITE FALLS -- An overflow crowd of 530 people filled the Granite Falls Lutheran Church today in Granite Falls to pay their final respects to State Sen. Gary Kubly, who died Friday at age 68.

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The 16-year veteran of the Legislature and Lutheran minister was celebrated as a "bridge crosser" for his ability to bring people of differing views together, and as someone who lived his Christian beliefs.

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