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Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove announced that he will not seek re-election this fall. In this file photo, Kriesel joins other Republicans Thursday in announcing he opposes a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages. Behind him is Dale Carpenter of Republicans Against the Marriage Amendment.

War hero Rep. John Kriesel won't run again

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ST. PAUL -- A first-term Minnesota legislator who made a bigger splash than most says he is not running again.

Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, sent a letter to fellow lawmakers and staff this morning saying he wants to spent more time with his family because "giving my wife and sons the time they deserve has become increasingly difficult."


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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.