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Statement from Governor Mark Dayton

January 06, 2014

ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton released this statement today following the news that former Minnesota Speaker of the House Rod Searle has passed away.

"I had the opportunity to work with former Speaker Rod Searle during his distinguished service in the Minnesota legislature. Rod was a principled leader, a dedicated public servant, and a true gentleman. He was elected Speaker of the House in 1979, because he held the respect and trust of both Republican and DFL members in that deadlocked chamber.
 
"On behalf of all Minnesotans, I extend to his family my deepest condolences and my appreciation for his service to our state."