Aitkin County cattle rancher Dale Lueck, who lost to Rep. Joe Radinovich, DFL-Crosby, by about 1 percentage point in 2012, announced Friday he would seek election to the House 10B seat again.
The district includes Aitkin County and about two-thirds of Crow Wing County.
In his announcement statement, the Aitkin Republican said the current one-party rule in St. Paul is taking Minnesota down the wrong path.
“I am especially concerned about what is going on today with Minnesota’s health care system,” he said in the statement. “Rather than fixing specific problems that we know exist, the geniuses in Saint Paul have blown $155 million dollars on a program that so far has resulted in cancellation of more Minnesota health insurance policies than it has provided to our uninsured.”
Lueck, 64, said in a phone interview that he lost by 323 votes out of 21,000 that were cast. He said he believed some voters were suffering from buyer’s remorse after the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s success during the 2012 elections.
“We’re somewhat off the straight and narrow and headed in the wrong direction,” he said in a phone interview Friday. “The health care thing is huge.
“The biggest concern I have is we’ve got specific needs in rural Minnesota. At this point I don’t think we’re getting a fair shake.”
He said he realizes the Legislature has more votes representing the metro area but contended there are many issues that aren’t a high priority for District 10B such as mass transit and the Vikings stadium. Outstate Minnesota infrastructure is one issue he’ll emphasize, Lueck said.
“We keep falling behind on roads,” he said. “That’s a huge one. It affects us more in rural Minnesota because we don’t have bus systems. We don’t have mass transit.”
He currently serves as president of the Aitkin-Carlton County Farm Bureau, is a member and chairperson of the Aitkin County Planning Commission, a member of the Minnesota State and Central Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association.
Lueck is seeking the Republican endorsement for the seat. He said he would abide by the decision of the endorsing convention. The GOP endorsing convention for the post is March 22 at Westside Calvary Church in Aitkin.
Lueck is in his 43rd year as a member of the American Legion Post 86 (Aitkin), he is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1727, a life member of the National Rifle Association, a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Minnesota Trappers Association and Deer Hunters Association.
Lueck and wife Linda have been married 44 years. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. He graduated from Aitkin Public High School and while serving in the U.S. Navy earned a bachelor of science degree in occupational health and safety and a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Lueck retired from the U.S. Navy in 1997, after 28 years of service. He and wife Linda currently raise beef cattle on their 340-acre farm in Aitkin County.
His son, Lance and his family, live in Israel. Lance Lueck serves as the attaché for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem. Lueck’s daughter, Lisa and her family, live in Dallas. She is an instructor at the American Airlines Flight Attendant Training Center at Dallas.