Growing Up   


My Minnesota story began when I was three years old and my family moved from South Dakota to a small town in western Minnesota after a fire destroyed our home. My father found a job working for a local farm family and my mom stayed home with me and my three siblings. As sometimes happens to families, my parents divorced and my mom went to work. I will always be grateful to my mom for making the decisions she had to at that time even though she was on her own and it went against everything she believed. She loved us more and she did what she had to do to protect us.  

Our lives changed when my mother met my step father, Moose. Moose worked as a cooperative elevator manager for over fifty years. He and my mom had a wonderful life together and I had the opportunity to get to know and love a man with a deep committment to his family and local community. He taught me the importance of dedication to work and to community service. 


I fight for hard working families because I understand they are doing the best they can in the situation they are in and they need someone to listen and work hard for them.