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DFL candidate Tom DeGree announces his candidacy for the Minnesota House Thursday, Dec. 15, in Lake Elmo.

DeGree seeking to challenge Lohmer in Minn. House


Tom DeGree recalled growing up in a Democratic family surrounded by Republican neighbors.

Despite political differences, everyone seemed to get along, he said.

"I grew up in a place where people compromised," the Lake Elmo man said.

DeGree, a fourth-grade teacher and Minneapolis café owner, said he hopes to carry that sense of cooperation to the Minnesota House during an event Thursday when he announced his candidacy for House District 56A.

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Michael Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. His coverage includes local crime, legislative activity and prep sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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