Senate pauses to remember Kubly

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The tributes continued today for state Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, who passed away Friday at age 68 after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Kubly’s empty desk in the Minnesota Senate Chamber was decorated with flowers and a framed photograph. At the end of the floor session, Senators stood for a moment of silence. Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, described Kubly as a dear friend and colleague.

“A man full of class, full of honesty, full of honor, full of integrity, full of good humor, which we will never forget,” Senjem said. “Truly a friend of us all, and truly a great public servant for the state of Minnesota.”

Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, also described Kubly as a friend, who cared deeply about his constituents and all citizens of Minnesota.

“He was a man who worked with a quiet demeanor to accomplish the goals and address the concerns he believed needed to be corrected,” Bakk said.

Kubly was a Lutheran pastor who served in the Minnesota House and Senate for 16 years.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Granite Falls Lutheran Church. There is a visitation at the church Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. To 7:00 p.m., as well as an hour prior to Wednesday’s service. All House and Senate meetings scheduled for Wednesday have been cancelled. Many lawmakers plan to travel to Granite Falls by charter bus for the funeral.

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