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. ā€œIā€™m planning to run,ā€ 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.