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Former St. Paul Mayor Jim Scheibel named AARP volunteer state president

Jim Scheibel, the former St. Paul mayor who now teaches at Hamline University, has been named volunteer state president of AARP, the advocacy group for older Americans.

Scheibel, 66, will work with the AARP state office and legislators on issues that affect people over 50, including money matters and health care, along with care-giving and other aging concerns.

He's been a longtime advocate on poverty-related issues like homelessness, hunger and immigration.

Scheibel was mayor of St. Paul from 1990-94. He'd been a City Council member before that. He's also served as vice president of the Corporation for National and Community Service and executive director of Community Action.

AARP says it has 650,000 members in Minnesota. Its state director, Will Phillips, said of Scheibel:

"He understands the importance of empowering people age 50-plus to prepare themselves for what’s next in all phases of their lives. He also brings a lifetime of community-building experience to AARP."

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