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State Rep. John Kriesel’s farewell speech

Rep. Kriesel narrates his journey from ink manufacturer to state representative.

Representative John Kriesel, Republican of Cottage Grove, bid farewell to his House colleagues this morning. Kriesel is retiring from the legislature after serving one term. Kriesel was named Person of the Year by Lavender magazine in 2011 for being one of the only Republicans to speak out against the constitutional same-sex marriage ban amendment, which goes before Minnesota voters this November.