DFL State Sen. Gary Kubly of Granite Falls dies after battle with ALS

Kubly was rushed to the hospital Wednesday for a medical issue and passed away Friday. The 68-year-old was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease in 2010. The former Lutheran pastor served in the Legislature since 1996.
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Kubly was rushed to the hospital Wednesday for a medical issue and passed away Friday. The 68-year-old was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease in 2010. The former Lutheran pastor served in the Legislature since 1996.

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