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Ted Winter wants to return to the Capitol

The southwest part of the state is becoming fairly entrenched Republican territory, but former state House majority leader Ted Winter — who was ousted by a Republican in 2002 — thinks the time is ripe for a comeback, for him and the DFL, in District

The southwest part of the state is becoming fairly entrenched Republican territory, but former state House majority leader Ted Winter — who was ousted by a Republican in 2002 — thinks the time is ripe for a comeback, for him and the DFL, in District 22A.

It might be easier to make inroads because the Republican incumbent, Rep. Doug Magnus, is moving up and running for the open state Senate seat vacated by retiring veteran DFLer Jim Vickerman.

Winter, from Fulda, was an eight-term representative before losing to Magnus.

Three Republicans also have filed for the House seat, and will run off in the Aug. 10 primary: Keith Forshey of Hills, Steve Perkins of Luverne and Joe Schomacker of Luverne.