Herald JournalHerald Journal, July 18, 2005

Krueger appeals

Doug Krueger of rural Glencoe has filed an appeal with the Minnesota Court of Appeals over a lawsuit he filed against McLeod County and the City of Hutchinson concerning redistricting.

Krueger said on Monday that the appeal was filed in early July, just before a filing deadline.

In May, a district court judge ruled against Krueger, who asked for a trial over the 1992 and 2002 county redistricting plans.

Krueger claimed in his lawsuit that the way Hutchinson and McLeod County redistricted was unfair to the rest of the county’s residents. “Rural people (in McLeod County) are a minority class. That’s what it’s all about.

“I just couldn’t let it die,” Krueger said. “It (the appeal) just had to be done. This is not about me. This cause is real. We need an across-the-county representation.”

Krueger said a decision by the state Court of Appeals could take up to six months.

Three things could happen: the appeals court could say the district court’s opinion stands; there is enough evidence for a trial; or it could rule that McLeod County needs to redistrict.

Reprinted from the McLeod County Chronicle.

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