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Rep. Carol McFarlane will run in combined district; now Matt Dean must decide

A state House seat in the White Bear area was one of those that ended up with two Republicans in it; now Rep. Carol McFarlane says she'll run for a fourth term, and House Majority Leader Matt Dean has to decide if he'll run against her.

McFarlane says 80 percent of the new 38B is her old district, with additions from Dellwood, North Oaks and Hugo. And she knows the Hugo folks from her days on the school board.

McFarlane's decision Sunday night could put some pressure on Dean, who hasn't said if he'll run for the seat, move to another seat, run for another position or retire, according to MPR.

In other redistricting news, MPR says:

Sen. Al DeKruif, R-Madison Lake, announced tonight that he wasn't going to challenge Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont. Rosen announced last week that she would run for reelection when the maps were released last week. DeKruif, who was paired with Rosen under the new map, said he won't challenge Rosen. He said in a statement that he may move into a new district.

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