Rick Olseen will run for House in 32B
Former State Sen. Rick Olseen, DFL-Harris, will run for the DFL endorsement to seek the House District 32B seat which serves most of Chisago County. “I’m planning to run,” Olseen said this week. The seat is currently open following redistricting which moved the current legislation, District 17B Rep. Bob Barrett, R-Shafer, into a new district where he is paired with Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake. Dettmer has announced he will run in the new district. Barrett has yet to release a formal announcement, but reportedly told a Republican gathering in Wyoming last week that he will sell his home in Shafer, move to District 32B and run for the seat. Olseen is a veteran of public service. He served 10 years on the North Branch School Board before winning a seat on the Chisago County Board where he served four years. He was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2006, but lost a reelection bid to Sean Nienow during the wave of Republican victories two years ago. The House seat carries a two-year term.