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Day’s resignation spurs Owatonna talk of Senate successor

State Sen. Dick Day’s announcement this week that he’ll resign his seat to lobby for a “racino” has spurred much talk in Owatonna about a possible successor.

A special election will be called by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to fill the seat after Day, a six-term Republican, leaves next month.

Mike Parry, a Republican from Waseca, has already announced his intention to run, as have two or three other GOPers, Steele County Republican Party co-chair Dave Thul told the Owatonna People’s Press.

DFLers, too, are searching for a candidate, but Jeremy Eller — who lost to Day twice in 2002 and 2006 — and Fred Knudsen, Day’s DFL challenger in 2000, told the paper they won’t run.

“We’re looking for someone,” Knudsen said, adding that the DFL would hold a meeting on Saturday to find possible candidates. “We’re working on it.”

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