Dittrich farewell to Minnesota House

A number of area lawmakers arose the early morning hours of May 10 on the Minnesota House floor to speak for perhaps the last time in the chamber as state representatives.

Rep. Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park/Coon Rapids, (right) gives Rep. Denise Dittrich, DFL-Champlin/Coon Rapids, a hug after Dittrich closed her farewell speech on the Minnesota House floor May 10. Dittrich is not seeking re-election. Photo by T.W. Budig

Rep. Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park/Coon Rapids, (right) gives Rep. Denise Dittrich, DFL-Champlin/Coon Rapids, a hug after Dittrich closed her farewell speech on the Minnesota House floor May 10. Dittrich is not seeking re-election. Photo by T.W. Budig

“It’s with a heavy heart that I leave,” said Rep. Denise Dittrich, DFL-Champlin/Coon Rapids, one of the area lawmakers not seeking re-election.

Dittrich addressed fellow lawmakers in the hushed House chamber not long after the House voted to adjourn sine die at 4:13 a.m.

Dittrich spoke of enduring friendships she struck up in her service in the House.

In her final comments, Dittrich, who played a key role in the passage of school trust land reform legislation this session, spoke of hoping that when her colleagues in the future visited their local schools that they would look the children in the eye and tell them that they’re so special that people long ago bequeathed to them the wonderful legacy of land.

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