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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

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

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

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"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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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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