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Anoka County hires Rep. John Kriesel

The first-term state legislator and Iraq War veteran will lead the county's Veterans Services Office, according to ABC Newspapers. In March, Kriesel said he wasn't going to seek a second term representing the Cottage Grove area.
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The first-term state legislator and Iraq War veteran will lead the county's Veterans Services Office, according to ABC Newspapers. In March, Kriesel said he wasn't going to seek a second term representing the Cottage Grove area.

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