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Perham resident Dean Simpson, who served a successful three terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives has come out of political retirement to join governor candidate Kurt Zellers as his running mate. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

Simpson comes out of political retirement to help in gov. race

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Jeff Johnson may be a Detroit Lakes native, but one of his opponents in the upcoming Republican primary for governor has a secret weapon – Dean Simpson.

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Simpson, the lieutenant governor candidate on the ticket with Kurt Zellers, owns Dean’s Country Market grocery stores in Perham and New York Mills, and was a popular three-term member of the Minnesota House from 2003 to 2009.

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