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  • Horse track praises three legislators (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    Jun 21, 2011
    Board member John Derus issued a news release today to highlight their support of allowing slot machines at Minnesota's two horse tracks. He singled out Rep. King Banaian, R-St. Cloud; Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove; and Sen. John Pederson, R-St. ...
    Minnesota Public Radio
  • DFL courting crossover votes (startribune.com)
    Jun 19, 2011
    Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said he can't live with Dayton's tax plan. But he would consider an expansion of gambling and an alcohol tax hike, an idea that has been taboo for legislative Republicans for months. "If it's a penny per beer, ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Across the nation, state Republicans increasingly backing gay rights (americanindependent.com)
    Jun 16, 2011
    Republican Rep. John Kriesel, an Iraq War vet who was injured in the line of duty, became an outspoken opponent of the amendment. “If this was 5, 6 years ago, I probably would have voted 'yes.' 'Cause I didn't think about it. ...
    The American Independent
  • Minnesota soldier awarded Purple Heart (kare11.com)
    Jun 16, 2011
    Thursday Representative John Kriesel flew to Texas to present the Purple Heart to Private First Class Jack Zimmerman. Zimmerman is a native of Cleveland, Minnesota. He lost both of his legs while serving in Afhanistan. Rep. Kriesel lost his legs while ...
    KARE
  • Purple Heart honoree Rep. John Kriesel to award Purple Heart to another Minnesotan (minnget.com)
    Jun 15, 2011
    State Rep. John Kriesel, the rookie Republican legislator who lost both legs while serving in Iraq, will be at a Texas Army hospital Tuesday to present a Purple Heart to another wounded Minnesotan, ...
    MinnPost.com
  • Rep. Tom Hackbarth's new controversy: Email links union member's budget ... (minnget.com)
    Jun 13, 2011
    Diane Anderson, Eagan; King Banaian, St. Cloud; Mike Benson, Rochester; Roger Crawford, Mora; Greg Davids, Preston; Dan Fabian, Roseau; David Hancock, Bemidji; John Kriesel, Cottage Grove; Carolyn McElfatrick, Deer River; Rich Murray, Albert Lea; ...
    MinnPost.com
  • Two St. Croix River bridge plans follow far different approaches (startribune.com)
    Jun 12, 2011
    But Gary Kriesel, one of the leading supporters of a new bridge, said developing public transit along the highway leading to the river will be critical to relieve traffic congestion. Kriesel, chairman of the Washington County Board, said he wants ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Marriage vote sparring begins (startribune.com)
    Jun 11, 2011
    Rep. John Kriesel, meanwhile, is getting a new welcome from gay rights supporters. One of only four Republicans to vote no, Kriesel will speak about the amendment this week at an event hosted by Republicans Against the Minnesota Marriage Amendment.
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Next week: Activity surrounding gay marriage amendment (startribune.com)
    Jun 10, 2011
    It is the coalition's first publicized fundraiser of the campaign. On Friday, Rep. John Kriesel will join conservative commentator SE Cupp at a book signing and happy hour hosted by the Republicans Against the Minnesota Marriage Amendment. ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • In the House, centrist Republicans could play a pivotal role in budget fight (politicsinminnesota.com)
    Jun 10, 2011
    John Kriesel, Deb Kiel, Rich Murray and King Banaian. While most rule Banaian out of the moderate category, Murray and Kriesel were two of only a handful of legislators who also voted against the marriage bill. Kriesel in particular has taken to ...
    Politics in Minnesota (blog)
  • Capitol party crasher (politicsinminnesota.com)
    Jun 8, 2011
    Few if any legislators have spoken out about Sutton's letter writing, but a tiff in late April between Brodkorb, the deputy chairman, and newly elected RNC Committeewoman Pat Anderson provoked criticisms from GOP House Rep. John Kriesel and a number of ...
    Politics in Minnesota (blog)
  • Minnesota for Marriage (spectator.org)
    Jun 2, 2011
    Still, not every Republican was on board. One of the two Republicans to break with his party and oppose the marriage bill was Rep. John Kriesel, an Iraq war veteran, young lawmaker, and family man. In his five-minute speech declaring why he would ...
    American Spectator
  • Letter: Kriesel applauded for breaking party lines on marriage amendment (hastingsstargazette.com)
    Jun 2, 2011
    I applauded Rep. John Kriesel's heartfelt decision to break with his party and vote against the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, as reported in the May 19 Star Gazette. I applauded Rep. John Kriesel's heartfelt decision to break with ...
    Hastings Star Gazette
  • Tell me where's your heart: remembering Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt (tcdailyplanet.net)
    Jun 1, 2011
    This Memorial Day, I'm siding with the Wilfahrt family and Representative John Kriesel, a straight, married, conservative man, in saying Yes to a society which respects love, and on Election Day in November 2012, saying "Hell No! ...
    Twin Cities Planet (blog)
  • An ode to John Kriesel, war hero legislator who sets his own course (minnget.com)
    Jun 1, 2011
    The Star Tribune's Jon Tevlin wrote a nice tribute to state Rep. John Kriesel, the Bayport Republican who's made a name for himself in two tough situations: fighting in Iraq and in the Legislature. ...
    MinnPost.com
  • Some Progress, This Memorial Day (themoderatevoice.com)
    May 30, 2011
    Just a week ago, Minnesota Republican Rep. John Kriesel, an Iraqi war veteran who lost his legs in an explosion during patrol there, made an impassioned speech on the floor of the Minnesota House on an anti-gay amendment and reminded us of both the ...
    The Moderate Voice
  • 'Jobs session' ends, but the big job remains unfinished (twincities.com)
    May 30, 2011
    A handful of Republican lawmakers are willing to entertain more spending as long as the money doesn't come from taxes. GOP Rep. John Kriesel and Sen. Doug Magnus both said they could envision new gambling dollars as part of a budget deal. ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Kriesel's honesty is a breath of fresh air at Capitol (startribune.com)
    May 30, 2011
    John Kriesel may be the only representative in the Minnesota Legislature who believes two men should be able to marry each other AND shoot someone who trespasses on their property. It's one of the things that made him one of this session's more ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Analysis: 'Jobs session' ends with job undone (albertleatribune.com)
    May 29, 2011
    At least a handful of Republican lawmakers are willing to entertain more spending, as long as the money doesn't come from taxes. GOP Rep. John Kriesel and Sen. Doug Magnus both said they could envision new gambling dollars as part of a budget deal. ...
    Albert Lea Tribune
  • Letter of the day (May 29): Minnesota Constitution (startribune.com)
    May 28, 2011
    Representative John Kriesel (R-57A), spoke to other members of the House regarding the possible getponement of a vote on the proposed constitutional amendment on same sex marriage at the start of the evening session in the House. ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • No state budget? Then just what did get done this legislative session? (twincities.com)
    May 28, 2011
    Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, makes a video of the House Chambers with his smart phone as a memoir of his first term as a legislator on the last day of the Legislative session at the State Capitol in St. Paul on Monday May 23, ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Stillwater Area River Crossing Gains Senate Support, But Continues To Draw ... (hudson-wi.patch.com)
    May 28, 2011
    The commitment by both Minnesota senators to a new crossing can only strengthen the resolve of area residents to continue to work in Washington, DC, to gain approval for the bridge, said Gary Kriesel, Washington County Commissioner for District 3. ...
    Patch.com
  • Ruben Rosario: For parents of gay soldier, vote compounds their loss (twincities.com)
    May 28, 2011
    Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, an Iraq combat veteran who lost his legs in a roadside bomb blast five years ago, distributed Wilfahrt's picture to fellow legislators before imploring his GOP colleagues to vote down the measure. ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Analysis: 'Jobs session' ends with big job undone (greenwichtime.com)
    May 27, 2011
    At least a handful of Republican lawmakers are willing to entertain more spending, as long as the money doesn't come from taxes. GOP Rep. John Kriesel and Sen. Doug Magnus both said they could envision new gambling dollars as part of a budget deal. ...
    Greenwich Time
  • 18-month gay marriage campaign begins; pro, anti groups form (dl-online.com)
    May 26, 2011
    “That makes me fear for our state,” Rep. Kate Knuth, DFL-New Brighton, said. The House debate, the most emotional in years, climaxed with Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, explaining why he was one of four Republicans to vote against the amendment. ...
    DL-Online
  • Johnny Weir Pride, ENDA decree, gay sex ed (projectqatlanta.com)
    May 26, 2011
    During debates over Minnesota's proposed ban on same-sex unions, state Rep. John Kriesel—who lost his legs in Iraq—spoke from the House floor about his wartime near-death experience and how a fellow injured soldier who happened to be gay changed his ...
    Project Q Atlanta
  • Republican war hero speaks out for gay marriage (baltimoresun.com)
    May 25, 2011
    That's what America learned this week about Republican Minnesota State Rep. John Kriesel -- a war hero who lost his legs in Iraq. Up until about five years ago, Kriesel was a Republican solider who opposed gay marriage. At least in this regard, ...
    Baltimore Sun (blog)
  • Meet the six House members who bucked their parties on the marriage amendment vote (minnget.com)
    May 25, 2011
    Scott Dibble came into the House chamber to introduce himself to freshman Rep. John Kriesel. "Thank you," said Dibble, the south Minneapolis DFLer, to the Republican from Cottage Grove. "It breaks my heart that I couldn't get more [Republicans] to vote ...
    MinnPost.com
  • Lawmakers blame opposing party for legislative struggles (bemidjipioneer.com)
    May 25, 2011
    Late in the legislative session, the usually affable John Kriesel sat stewing in the back of the House chamber, stinging from that vote. The Republican Cottage Grove freshman was one of four House Republicans who voted against the proposal. ...
    Bemidji Pioneer
  • Gay marriage fight in Minnesota mirrors debate in Colorado (americanindependent.com)
    May 24, 2011
    Below a sample from St. Paul, where gay rights supporters gathered and where Republican Representative and Iraq war veteran John Kriesel made an impassioned plea to his caucus members to vote against the gay marriage ban. Kriesel lost his legs in Iraq. ...
    The American Independent
  • Capitol Review: Minnesota Voters to Define Marriage in 2012 Vote (lakeville.patch.com)
    May 24, 2011
    Freshman Rep. John Kriesel (R-District 57A), of Cottage Grove, a veteran of the Iraq War who lost both legs in combat, was one of the Republicans to vote against the bill. “This amendment doesn't represent what I went to fight for,” Kriesel told his ...
    Patch.com
  • War vet Kriesel last to leave House chambers because prosthetic leg broke down (minnget.com)
    May 24, 2011
    John Kriesel voted against placing a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2012 that would ban same-sex marriage. The Pioneer Press' Dave Orrick has a nice tale about how state Rep. John Kriesel was the last legislator to leave his seat Monday ...
    MinnPost.com
  • Parents of slain gay soldier Andrew Wilfahrt to be on Maddow show tonight (minnget.com)
    May 23, 2011
    Jeff Wilfahrt said he believes excerpts from the speech Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, gave Saturday night, as well as excerpts from comments of Rep. Steve Simon, DFL-St. Louis Park, will be played during the program. Kriesel, who handed out ...
    MinnPost.com
  • Marriage amendment is legislative session's legacy, despite all the rhetoric ... (minnget.com)
    May 23, 2011
    The moment that most won't forget is when Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, rose late Saturday night to speak against the marriage amendment. Kriesel, whose legs were badly mangled in Iraq, was described by Zellers at the beginning of this session as ...
    MinnPost.com
  • House approves same-sex marriage ban constitutional amendment while budget ... (unioneagle.com)
    May 23, 2011
    Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, an Iraq veteran who lost his legs in action, recalled glancing at them after the explosion, seeing how managed they were, and thinking he was going to die. But thoughts of his wife steeled his reserve to live, ...
    Princeton Union Eagle
  • Nasty storm outbreak rips North Minneapolis, area (minnget.com)
    May 23, 2011
    Republican Representative John Kriesel, who was severely wounded in the Iraq war, said the amendment did not represent the state and country he fought. 'If there was a 'hell no' button right here, I would press it, that would be the one I'd press,' ...
    MinnPost.com
  • What's Brewing: Equality Texas issues action alert with time running out on ... (dallasvoice.com)
    May 23, 2011
    Four Republicans voted against the amendment, and one of them was State Rep. John Kriesel, a veteran who lost both of his legs in the Iraq war. Watch Kriesel's speech on the House floor below. 3. Several major corporations, including Dallas-based AT&T, ...
    Dallas Voice
  • GOP's anti–gay marriage amendment heads to 2012 ballot (minnesotaindependent.com)
    May 23, 2011
    Steve Smith of Mound, Rich Murray of Albert Lea, Tim Kelly of Red Wing and John Kriesel of Cottage Grove voted against the amendment. DFL Reps. Lyle Koenen of Clara City and Denise Dittrich of Champlin voted for it. Here's the roll call of votes. ...
    Minnesota Independent
  • A few small repairs (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    May 23, 2011
    Rep. John Kriesel's finished his first session in the Minnesota house, but not without some roadside repairs. One of the friction fittings that aligns one of his artificial legs came loose during the evening's debate. Here's House staffer Steve Tigges, ...
    Minnesota Public Radio
  • Definition of marriage going to the voters (tcdailyplanet.net)
    May 22, 2011
    Rep. John Kriesel (R-Cottage Grove) is a veteran of the war in Iraq. “This amendment doesn't represent what I fought for,” he said. “If there was a hell no button here, that's the one I would press,” he said. Some members considered the amendment to be ...
    Twin Cities Planet
  • County News (stillwatergazette.com)
    May 21, 2011
    The appointment was recommended by District 4 Commissioner Autumn Lehrke, District 4, and District 3 Commissioner Gary Kriesel. The commission brings citizen perspective to the operation of Washington County Parks and the Land and Water Legacy Program. ...
    Stillwater Gazette
  • No progress reported on state budget talks (piercecountyherald.com)
    May 21, 2011
    Dayton signed a bill Friday that expands the definition of fleeing a law enforcement officer. The bill allows prosecutors to charge people who flee on foot just like those who flee in a car. Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, and Sen. John Harrington ...
    Pierce County Herald
  • Kriesel ramps up criticism of gay marriage ban (swcbulletin.com)
    May 20, 2011
    Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove on Friday criticized his fellow House Republicans for their plan to vote on a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage. Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove bows in prayer Friday morning, for the second time ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Is same-sex marriage vote losing urgency? (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    May 20, 2011
    "I think we won a small victory," said Rep. John Kriesel, of Cottage Grove, just before the House adjourned about 2:30 and went into caucus, without taking up the measure as he'd expected. The House is scheduled to return at 7:45 tonight. Rep. ...
    Minnesota Public Radio
  • Gay marriage, redistricting among late-session issues (republican-eagle.com)
    May 20, 2011
    Kelly and Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove are the only two Republicans to say they will oppose the amendment. "I don't care in there who's supporting it and who's not," Kriesel said, pointing to the House chamber during a recent interview, ...
    Republican Eagle
  • Dayton Opposes Gay Marriage Ban (kfgo.com)
    May 19, 2011
    The committee's Republican majority voted in favor with the exception of Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing, who becomes the second House Republican to publicly oppose it alongside Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove.
    KFGO
  • New lawmakers get baptism by fire (kare11.com)
    May 19, 2011
    "It's different than any other job that I have had in my entire life," freshman Republican Representative John Kriesel said. By any measure, from any party, Rep. Kriesel is no slouch in the work place. He is a guy who was nearly killed while on patrol ...
    KARE
  • Remember the fallen (stillwatergazette.com)
    May 18, 2011
    The ceremony is held to honor law enforcement officers who have given their life in the line of duty. Sheriff Bill Hutton and state Rep. John Kriesel (R-Cottage Grove) spoke at the service. Officers from around the county attended the service. Gov. ...
    Stillwater Gazette
  • Feisty freshmen now have their feet to Minnesota legislative fire (grandforksherald.com)
    May 18, 2011
    Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, is among those striking a less strident tone. "There's a group that said not a penny more," said Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. "But I think people have to be realistic and willing to compromise a little bit. ...
    Grand Forks Herald
  • 'That's not pro-liberty': Conservative Minnesota group opposes anti-gay ... (coloradoindependent.com)
    May 18, 2011
    Some Republicans have come out in support of same-sex marriage in recent months as well. Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, recently told the press that he opposes the amendment. “I look at it as: We are all equal,” he said. Marriage equality seems to ...
    The Colorado Independent
  • Marriage amendment clears committee; second GOP legislator votes no (minnget.com)
    May 18, 2011
    The big news out of the rules committee vote this morning was that Rep. Tim Kelly became the second Republican in the committee process to vote “no'' on the amendment. Kelly is a second-termer from Red Wing. Rep. John Kriesel, a first-term Republican ...
    MinnPost.com
  • Dayton Strongly Opposes Gay Marriage Ban (wjon.com)
    May 18, 2011
    The committee's Republican majority voted in favor with the exception of Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing, who becomes the second House Republican to publicly oppose it alongside Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove. The state Senate has already passed the ...
    WJON News
  • Around MN: Amendment pressure is on; Waiting on NFL stadium offer (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    May 17, 2011
    That's not entirely the case. Rep. John Kriesel (R), who is publicly opposed to the ban, received a letter from Rev. John Echert of Holy Trinity/Saint Augustine Parish in South St. Paul asking Kriesel to reconsider his position. ...
    Minnesota Public Radio
  • Downtown community leaders react to casino proposal for Block E (downtownjournal.com)
    May 16, 2011
    John Stiles, a spokesman for Mayor RT Rybak, said the mayor opposes the expansion of gambling in the state. City Council Member Lisa Goodman supports it, and several labor unions appeared with bill sponsors Rep. John Kriesel and Sen. ...
    Downtown Journal

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  • John Kriesel: My history in Iraq is only part of me (twincities.com)
    Aug 8, 2012
    I joined the Minnesota Army National Guard on my 17th birthday ... Anything goes. This should be fun. John Kriesel is a retiring state representative, frequent contributor on KFAN-FM 100.3, motivational speaker and co-author of the national ...
    Pioneer Press
  • John Kriesel: My history in Iraq is only part of me (twincities.com)
    Aug 8, 2012
    I joined the Minnesota Army National Guard on my 17th birthday ... Anything goes. This should be fun. John Kriesel is a retiring state representative, frequent contributor on KFAN-FM 100.3, motivational speaker and co-author of the national ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Early fundraising favors Democrats in Cottage Grove-area legislative races (swcbulletin.com)
    Aug 2, 2012
    Cottage Grove Republican John Kriesel had ... in Republican control after Kriesel opted against re-election. Kriesel donated $1,000 left in his campaign coffers to Lehrke. McNamara-Bayers race In District 54B, Rep. Denny McNamara has about ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • From Iraq to Anoka County, Kriesel shares his story (abcnewspapers.com)
    Jul 27, 2012
    Anoka County Veterans Service Director John Kriesel described his service ... ever seen until I got into politics,” said Kriesel, who decided not to seek re-election after serving as state representative in District 57A for the past two ...
    ABC Newspapers
  • Golf benefit for Wounded Warriors
    Jul 26, 2012
    Cottage Grove resident and Minnesota State Rep. John Kriesel will be playing in a golf tournament for Wounded Warriors hosted by the Minnesota Real Bearded Santas. The Santas’ Celebrity Golf Tournament for the Wounded Warrior Project is ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Golf benefit for Wounded Warriors
    Jul 26, 2012
    Cottage Grove resident and Minnesota State Rep. John Kriesel will be playing in a golf tournament for Wounded Warriors hosted by the Minnesota Real Bearded Santas. The Santas’ Celebrity Golf Tournament for the Wounded Warrior Project is ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Golf benefit for Wounded Warriors
    Jul 26, 2012
    Cottage Grove resident and Minnesota State Rep. John Kriesel will be playing in a golf tournament for Wounded Warriors hosted by the Minnesota Real Bearded Santas. The Santas’ Celebrity Golf Tournament for the Wounded Warrior Project is ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Golf benefit for Wounded Warriors (swcbulletin.com)
    Jul 21, 2012
    Cottage Grove resident and Minnesota State Rep. John Kriesel will be playing in a golf tournament for Wounded Warriors hosted by the Minnesota Real Bearded Santas. The Santas’ Celebrity Golf Tournament for the Wounded Warrior Project is scheduled ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Bulletin letters to the editor: Pollution, food shelf donations, city leadership, Derrick Lehrke (swcbulletin.com)
    Jun 30, 2012
    When I read the viewpoints from the candidates running for state representative for 54A ... worked on Republican campaigns in 2010 including Tom Emmer’s and John Kriesel’s that sent the state GOP spiraling into debt. Apparently, Lehrke ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Newport to buy out home near levee for $75K (swcbulletin.com)
    Jun 28, 2012
    A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources grant will ... Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, and Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. Gov. Mark Dayton also voiced support for the measure during a flood preparation meeting with Washington County ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • St. Paul Park man challenges GOP, DFL in House 54A race (swcbulletin.com)
    Jun 13, 2012
    The St. Paul Park resident threw his name in the ring for the vacant Minnesota House District 54A seat on ... lone independent voice in the race to replace the retiring Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. “I’m the only candidate that can ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Rasmussen College Hosts Job Networking Event for Veterans (kstp.com)
    Jun 11, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, a war hero who lost his legs from a roadside bomb, will be sharing his experience and advice with attendees. Kriesel served the country for 10 years before returning to civilian life and serving in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
    KSTP
  • Rasmussen College Hosts Job Networking Event for Veterans (kstp.com)
    Jun 10, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, a war hero who lost his legs from a roadside bomb, will be sharing his experience and advice with attendees. Kriesel served the country for 10 years before returning to civilian life and serving in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
    KSTP
  • Ex-Minnesota soldier's fabrications on 'America's Got Talent' set off firestorm (twincities.com)
    Jun 8, 2012
    Minnesota state Rep. John Kriesel served in Iraq until a roadside bomb hit his Humvee, killing two of his buddies and costing him both of his legs. "He was a veteran. He has nothing to make up. Being a veteran is honorable," Kriesel said.
    Pioneer Press
  • Ex casts more doubts on singer's war injury claims (hosted2.ap.org)
    Jun 8, 2012
    Singing was the least of Poe's fictions, according to the Minnesota Army National Guard ... injury after a rocket-propelled grenade hit the side of his Humvee. John Kriesel served in Iraq until a roadside bomb hit his Humvee, killing two ...
    Associated Press
  • Cottage Grove City Council member Peterson announces re-election run (swcbulletin.com)
    Jun 7, 2012
    In her 2010 House campaign, Peterson received some criticism – including in literature distributed in support of her opponent, current Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove – for her votes to support the construction of a new city hall and ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • 6 file for 2 city council seats (stillwatergazette.com)
    Jun 6, 2012
    District 3 Commissioner Gary Kriesel is unopposed and District 4 Commissioner ... State House District 39A: Incumbent Republican Rep. Bob Dettmer of Forest Lake faces Democrat John E. Bruno of Lindstrom. State House District 39B: Incumbent ...
    Stillwater Gazette
  • 6 file for 2 city council seats (stillwatergazette.com)
    Jun 6, 2012
    District 3 Commissioner Gary Kriesel is unopposed and District 4 Commissioner ... State House District 39A: Incumbent Republican Rep. Bob Dettmer of Forest Lake faces Democrat John E. Bruno of Lindstrom. State House District 39B: Incumbent ...
    Stillwater Gazette
  • EDITORIAL: Capitol retirements are raising concerns (tmcnet.com)
    Jun 1, 2012
    John Kriesel of Cottage Grove, and DFL Rep. Kate Knuth of New Brighton seem likely to ... set budgets and avert shutdowns when government is divided, as it has been in Minnesota for 22 years. The July 2011 shutdown is evidence that Minnesota ...
    TMCnet
  • City of Newport makes push to buy Mississippi River flood-prone homes (swcbulletin.com)
    May 31, 2012
    Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, and Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove — as well as Gov ... The city will also seek Minnesota Department of Natural Resources grant dollars from a flood mitigation program. “It’s a possible opportunity ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Editorial: Capitol retirements are raising concerns (startribune.com)
    May 30, 2012
    John Kriesel of Cottage Grove, and DFL Rep. Kate Knuth of New Brighton seem likely to ... set budgets and avert shutdowns when government is divided, as it has been in Minnesota for 22 years. The July 2011 shutdown is evidence that Minnesota ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Fallen Maplewood soldier to be honored by disabled veterans' hockey team (twincities.com)
    May 28, 2012
    The 19-year-old Maplewood man soon volunteered for the Minnesota National Guard ... He was 22. Fellow soldier John Kriesel said McDonough loved sports, especially hockey, and often could be found watching games at the base, regardless of ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Candidates begin to file in south Washington County-area legislative races (swcbulletin.com)
    May 23, 2012
    Lehrke is the Republican-endorsed candidate running for the seat that opened up after Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... filing Wednesday to run for office in House District 54A All Minnesota legislative seats are on the ballot this year due to ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Kriesel pens fundraising letter for Minnesotans United (startribune.com)
    May 21, 2012
    Retiring state Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... We cannot let opponents of freedom decide the fate for thousands of loving Minnesota families. I told my fellow legislators last year that this amendment didn’t represent the America ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • As others see it: Vet owed an apology (dglobe.com)
    May 18, 2012
    Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake. The former Minnesota secretary of state got personal in her criticism of Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, and literally stepped into a mess. Kiffmeyer, who is running for the state Senate in the St. Michael-Elk ...
    Worthington Daily Globe
  • MNGOP Rep. Urdahl, under fire for pro-stadium vote, shouts down fellow GOPers (blogs.citypages.com)
    May 17, 2012
    Monday night's fiasco illustrates why the party endorsement process has come under fire from legislators like John Kriesel, a retiring MNGOP Representative from Cottage Grove. During an appearance on Dan Barreiro's KFAN radio show Tuesday, Kriesel lamented ...
    Minneapolis City Pages (blog)
  • John Kriesel destroys Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer for "no courage" remark during radio appearance (blogs.citypages.com)
    May 16, 2012
    Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, still hasn't responded to the firestorm she created last week by saying disabled and decorated war veteran John ... Minnesota Senate this November (our best and brightest!), doesn't Kiffmeyer have to address the Kriesel ...
    Minneapolis City Pages (blog)
  • Rep. Kriesel, Commissioner Lehrke (swcbulletin.com)
    May 16, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, and Washington County Commissioner Autumn Lehrke, of Cottage Grove, after the County Board on Tuesday recognized Kriesel and fellow retiring state Rep. Nora Slawik of Oakdale. Washington County photo
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Twitter wars (brainerddispatch.com)
    May 16, 2012
    In the legislative session get-mortems, the Big Lake Republican clashed with Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... Kiffmeyer, a former Minnesota secretary of state, certainly should have known better than to put a statement like that in ...
    Brainerd Dispatch
  • County Board says 'thanks' to Slawik, Kriesel for service (swcbulletin.com)
    May 15, 2012
    Nora Slawik, DFL-Maplewood, whose district includes a portion of Oakdale, and Rep. John Kriesel ... District 5 overlaps with much of Kriesel's constituency, honored the one-term lawmaker and former Minnesota National Guardsman as a "true ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer says disabled Purple Heart recipient John Kriesel has "no courage" (blogs.citypages.com)
    May 14, 2012
    People sometimes say politics is war, but retiring Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, could tell you from experience that the two are very different. Kriesel, 30, lost both of his legs in Iraq in 2006. He was later awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge ...
    Minneapolis City Pages (blog)
  • Legislature Adjourns Sine Die (jdsupra.com)
    May 14, 2012
    John Kriesel (R-Cottage Grove), Rep. Mike LeMieur (R-Little Falls), Rep ... Mike Parry (R-Waseca) who is running for U.S. Congress in Minnesota’s first Congressional District. After redistricting matched Sen. Al DeKruif (R-Madison Lake) and Sen.
    jdsupra.com
  • Republican Legislators Exchange Words Through Email and Twitter (kstp.com)
    May 14, 2012
    One of the bills authors, Rep.John Kriesel, says he received the email and felt he ... Larry Jacobs from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute says the exchange highlights a strain within Minnesota's Republican party, "The battle ...
    KSTP
  • It's more than partisan at the Capitol. It's personal (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    May 13, 2012
    That irked retiring Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove ... and the Bronze Star in the Minnesota National Guard, for whom he sacrificed both legs in Iraq in December 2006.
    Marketplace.publicradio.org
  • Tears flow at legislative retirements (grandforksherald.com)
    May 11, 2012
    The three and 20 other Minnesota House representatives are leaving after ... so he had to run for another office. Rep. John Kriesel One of the best known legislators, the Cottage Grove Republican lost his legs in the Iraq war.
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Comprehensive Minnesota Legislature Mock Draft (dailynorseman.com)
    May 10, 2012
    So, here to you, I present my Minnesota Legislator Mock Draft ... Excellent winner. 2. Representative John Kriesel - Explosive. Dedicated, committed, and passionate, Kriesel will often adapt to different plays in the playbook, eschewing modern ...
    Daily Norseman
  • In Case You Missed It: Rep Kriesel's Closing Remarks (dailynorseman.com)
    May 9, 2012
    DN strives to be the best blog about the Minnesota Vikings on the internet, doing so with a unique blend of insight and analysis, as well as (hopefully) wit and humor. We hope you enjoy the site, and make it your home for Minnesota Vikings info!
    Daily Norseman
  • For Rep. Kriesel, stadium vote and Vegas vacation plan could conflict (swcbulletin.com)
    May 9, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel is betting – and hoping – that he can cast a ‘yes’ vote on a final Vikings stadium deal before boarding a Thursday morning flight to the gambling capital of Las Vegas. A chief proponent of a new professional football ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • House OKs stadium, ups Vikes' share (espn.go.com)
    May 8, 2012
    The Minnesota Vikings took a giant step Monday night toward ... "Whatever you think of this bill, this is our one chance," said Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. "This bill works, it's been fine-tuned and it will build a stadium."
    ESPN
  • Minnesota House OKs Vikings stadium plan (usatoday.com)
    May 8, 2012
    PAUL (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings took a giant step Monday night ... "Whatever you think of this bill, this is our one chance," said Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. "This bill works, it's been fine-tuned and it will build a stadium."
    USA Today
  • Minn. House approves revised Vikings stadium bill (foxnews.com)
    May 8, 2012
    The Minnesota Vikings took a giant step Monday night toward ... "Whatever you think of this bill, this is our one chance," said Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. "This bill works, it's been fine-tuned and it will build a stadium."
    FOX News
  • Minn. House debating stadium bill (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    May 8, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... excess Hennepin County taxes from the Minnesota Twins stadium and an admissions tax. Gov. Mark Dayton has called it a "people's stadium." He supported it throughout his campaign in 2010 and his 15 months ...
    Marketplace.publicradio.org
  • Pols change Vikes stadium bill (espn.go.com)
    May 7, 2012
    Supporters of a new Vikings stadium pleaded for votes in the Minnesota House on Monday ... "Whatever you think of this bill, this is our one chance," said Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. "This bill works, it's been fine-tuned and it will ...
    ESPN
  • Minnesota House changes stadium bill against Vikings' will (duluthnewstribune.com)
    May 7, 2012
    “This is our one chance,” Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... “Quite simply, the Metrodome will not meet the needs of Minnesota for the next 40 or 50 years,” Lanning said. The Vikings’ 10 days in the new facility would be joined ...
    Duluth News Tribune
  • Minnesota House amends, approves Vikings' stadium plan (aol.sportingnews.com)
    May 7, 2012
    The Minnesota House has approved a plan to build a $975 ... "Whatever you think of this bill, this is our one chance," said Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. "This bill works, it's been fine-tuned and it will build a stadium."
    Sporting News
  • LIVE STREAM NOW: Vikings stadium debate heats up in House (inforum.com)
    May 7, 2012
    For a live video stream from the Minnesota House, CLICK HERE ... “This is our one chance,” Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said. “This bill works. It has been fined tuned and it will build a stadium.” Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead ...
    INFORUM
  • LIVE VIDEO: Vikings stadium debate under way in House (grandforksherald.com)
    May 7, 2012
    “This is our one chance,” Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... “Quite simply, the Metrodome will not meet the needs of Minnesota for the next 40 or 50 years,” Lanning said at the beginning of what was expected to be a several-hour ...
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Vikings stadium vote a close call in Monday House vote (myfoxtwincities.com)
    May 7, 2012
    present and past players will always be able to say they play for the Minnesota Vikings." If you think this stadium debate has been going on for a while, you're certainly not alone. Representative John Kriesel tweeted Sunday night, stating that ...
    FOX 9 News
  • Vikings stadium: 'Furious about the veto' (espn.go.com)
    May 5, 2012
    We pointed out earlier Friday that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton rejected a political ... We've often leaned on Rep. John Kriesel to provide a rational pulse of the current political atmosphere on this issue. Kriesel is a stadium supporter but ...
    ESPN
  • Stadium outcome in question when House votes Monday (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    May 4, 2012
    The Minnesota House is set to vote on a Vikings stadium ... Speaker Zellers said he is unsure the Republican votes are there, but Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said he feels more confident. "This isn't going to go away until the team ...
    Marketplace.publicradio.org
  • Vikings Stadium Update: Gov. Mark Dayton, Republican Leaders Clash Over New Plan (minnesota.sbnation.com)
    May 2, 2012
    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton held a news conference Wednesday ... stadium's infrastructure and include those costs in the state's bonding bill. Republican Rep. John Kriesel, who has pressed forward to pass a stadium bill, expressed disappointment ...
    SB Nation
  • Dayton's veto nixes push for expansion of fireworks sales in Minnesota (tcdailyplanet.net)
    May 2, 2012
    The bill, originally authored by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... The bill was opposed by many medical and safety professionals, including the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, the ...
    Twin Cities Planet
  • Cottage Grove legislator to lead Anoka County Veteran Services (twincities.com)
    May 1, 2012
    Minnesota state representative and Iraq War veteran John Kriesel will take over leadership of Anoka County's Veteran Services Office. The Anoka County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, May 1, appointed Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, to serve as ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Gov. Dayton vetoes fireworks expansion attempt (getbulletin.com)
    May 1, 2012
    and that police rarely enforce Minnesota's existing laws. "I'm beyond disappointed. I'm very irritated actually. I did everything I could," said Republican Rep. John Kriesel, the bill's sponsor. "We're going to punish the majority of the people ...
    Post-Bulletin
  • Lawmaker, veteran Kriesel to take over leadership of Anoka County's Veteran Services Office (twincities.com)
    May 1, 2012
    Minnesota state representative and Iraq veteran John Kriesel will take over leadership of Anoka County's Veteran Services Office. The Anoka County Board of Commissioners appointed Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, to the get Tuesday, May 1.
    Pioneer Press
  • Lawmaker, veteran Kriesel to take over leadership of Anoka County's Veteran Services Office (twincities.com)
    May 1, 2012
    Minnesota state representative and Iraq veteran John Kriesel will take over leadership of Anoka County's Veteran Services Office. The Anoka County Board of Commissioners appointed Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, to the get Tuesday, May 1.
    Pioneer Press
  • State Rep. John Kriesel named head of Anoka County veterans services (article.wn.com)
    May 1, 2012
    The World News (WN) Network, has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to user privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for wn.com, as well as e-mail newsletters. We do not ...
    Worldnews.com
  • Kriesel to be advocate for Anoka County vets (startribune.com)
    May 1, 2012
    State Rep. John Kriesel, named Tuesday as the new Anoka County ... Kriesel said he expects to begin his new job this month. As a member of the Minnesota National Guard, Kriesel served on a NATO peacekeeping mission in Kosovo in 2004 before ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Anoka County hires Kriesel (startribune.com)
    May 1, 2012
    Retiring Rep. John Kriesel has found a new calling as the head of Anoka ... Kriesel, who enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard on his 17th birthday, lost both legs to a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq in 2006.
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Anoka County hires Kriesel (startribune.com)
    May 1, 2012
    Retiring Rep. John Kriesel has found a new calling as the head of Anoka ... Kriesel, who enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard on his 17th birthday, lost both legs to a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq in 2006.
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Rep. Kriesel takes veterans services job in Anoka County (swcbulletin.com)
    May 1, 2012
    Retiring state Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove has a new job ... Kriesel had been working for a Minnesota National Guard contractor. Kriesel, a Republican, announced earlier this year that he will not seek another term in the Minnesota ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Kriesel named veterans service officer (abcnewspapers.com)
    May 1, 2012
    Iraq War veteran and state legislator John Kriesel is Anoka County’s new veterans service officer. The Anoka County Board approved a resolution hiring Kriesel at a meeting Tuesday. Kriesel, currently a Republican state representative who had ...
    ABC Newspapers
  • After one term in Legislature, wounded war vet Kriesel will head Anoka County Veteran Services (minnget.com)
    May 1, 2012
    After making a mark during just one term in the Legislature, state Rep. John Kriesel will take a new job as head of Anoka County's Veteran Services department. Kriesel announced in March that he would not seek re-election to his seat representing the ...
    Minnget.com
  • Cottage Grove legislator to lead Anoka County Veteran Services (twincities.com)
    Apr 30, 2012
    Minnesota state representative and Iraq War veteran John Kriesel will take over leadership of Anoka County's Veteran Services Office. The Anoka County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, May 1, appointed Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, to serve as ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Two rallies, two causes as anti-tax crowd and stadium supporters cross paths (minnget.com)
    Apr 30, 2012
    Defying the conservative messages of just hours before, they called on lawmakers to support the stadium bill and to keep the Vikings in Minnesota. “Stay here, keep fighting, be loud and let everybody hear you, OK?” GOP Rep. John Kriesel told them.
    Minnget.com
  • Dayton vetoes fireworks expansion attempt (brainerddispatch.com)
    Apr 30, 2012
    and that police rarely enforce Minnesota's existing laws. "I'm beyond disappointed. I'm very irritated actually. I did everything I could," said Republican Rep. John Kriesel, the bill's sponsor. "We're going to punish the majority of the people ...
    Brainerd Dispatch
  • Dayton’s veto nixes push for expansion of fireworks sales in Minn. (mndaily.com)
    Apr 30, 2012
    The bill, originally authored by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... The bill was opposed by many medical and safety professionals, including the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, the ...
    Minnesota Daily
  • Gov. Dayton vetoes fireworks expansion attempt (lacrossetribune.com)
    Apr 29, 2012
    and that police rarely enforce Minnesota's existing laws. "I'm beyond disappointed. I'm very irritated actually. I did everything I could," said Republican Rep. John Kriesel, the bill's sponsor. "We're going to punish the majority of the people in the ...
    La Crosse Tribune
  • Stadium votes put on hold by House, Senate (inforum.com)
    Apr 29, 2012
    “This is Minnesota’s chance to keep the Vikings in Minnesota ... but Bakk said there is no reason the Legislature cannot continue after that. Stadium supporter Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said Thissen’s announcement that ...
    INFORUM
  • Vikings stadium floor votes delayed, Monday adjournment uncertain (kare11.com)
    Apr 29, 2012
    "It seems like the only ones you hear from are the ones who are trying to kill the bill," Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove told ... have to say no and ultimately probably have to leave Minnesota," Kriesel remarked. "And then those people that are trying ...
    KARE
  • No stadium vote Saturday (bemidjipioneer.com)
    Apr 29, 2012
    “This is Minnesota’s chance to keep the Vikings in Minnesota ... but Bakk said there is no reason the Legislature cannot continue after that. Stadium supporter Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said Thissen’s announcement that ...
    Bemidji Pioneer
  • Legislature appears ready to blast through deadline (bemidjipioneer.com)
    Apr 29, 2012
    The Minnesota Legislature’s top two Democrats joined Democratic ... on the project being debated at the state Legislature. “It is helping,” Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, told stadium supporters rallying at the Capitol on Saturday ...
    Bemidji Pioneer
  • Minn.'s Dayton vetoes fireworks expansion attempt (duluthnewstribune.com)
    Apr 29, 2012
    and that police rarely enforce Minnesota's existing laws. "I'm beyond disappointed. I'm very irritated actually. I did everything I could," said Republican Rep. John Kriesel, the bill's sponsor. "We're going to punish the majority of the people ...
    Duluth News Tribune
  • Dayton vetoes fireworks expansion; Kriesel calls governor's explanation 'laughable' (swcbulletin.com)
    Apr 29, 2012
    Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill by Rep. John Kriesel that would have legalized aerial fireworks in Minnesota, and the Cottage Grove lawmaker called the governor’s explanation for rejecting it “laughable.” Dayton vetoed the bill Saturday ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Joe Soucheray: Explode guilt - allow real fireworks (twincities.com)
    Apr 29, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... She was scrunched down under the dash when we crossed back into Minnesota. Is that the kind of criminal life we want for our children? Joe Soucheray can be reached at jsoucheray@pioneerpress.com or ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Gov. Dayton vetoes fireworks bill (startribune.com)
    Apr 29, 2012
    The bill, sponsored by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, and Sen. Mike Jungbauer, R-East Bethel, allowed the sale and use of the full range of consumer fireworks in Minnesota, but only between June 1 and July 7. "Their work is a role model for ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Fans hit Capitol for uncertain Viking stadium vote (pressdemocrat.com)
    Apr 28, 2012
    Fans decked out in purple and gold are roaming Minnesota's Capitol in hopes that the House debates and votes on the $1 billion Vikings stadium bill. It's not clear if the long-awaited vote will happen Saturday. GOP Rep. John Kriesel, a bill co ...
    Santa Rosa Press Democrat
  • Fans hit Capitol for uncertain Viking stadium vote (heraldtribune.com)
    Apr 28, 2012
    Fans decked out in purple and gold are roaming Minnesota's Capitol in hopes that the House debates and votes on the $1 billion Vikings stadium bill. It's not clear if the long-awaited vote will happen Saturday. GOP Rep. John Kriesel, a bill co ...
    Herald Tribune
  • Vikings fans hit Minn. Capitol hoping for long-awaited House vote on $1B football stadium plan (startribune.com)
    Apr 28, 2012
    Fans decked out in purple and gold are roaming Minnesota's Capitol in hopes that the House debates and votes on the $1 billion Vikings stadium bill. It's not clear if the long-awaited vote will happen Saturday. GOP Rep. John Kriesel, a bill co ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Vikings fans hit Minn. Capitol hoping for long-awaited House vote on $1B football stadium plan (washingtonget.com)
    Apr 28, 2012
    Fans decked out in purple and gold are roaming Minnesota’s Capitol in hopes that the House debates and votes on the $1 billion Vikings stadium bill. It’s not clear if the long-awaited vote will happen Saturday. GOP Rep. John Kriesel, a bill co-sponsor ...
    Washington Post
  • Minnesota Legislative Notebook: Legislature appears ready to blast through deadline (inforum.com)
    Apr 27, 2012
    “The people of Minnesota in my district are not asking for these ... on the project being debated at the state Legislature. “It is helping,” Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, told stadium supporters rallying at the Capitol on Saturday ...
    INFORUM
  • Legislative log jam piles up unfinished work as session nears end (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    Apr 27, 2012
    Republican Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove says the House could vote ... re realizing that the approach isn't working very well for them or the people of Minnesota." House and Senate Republicans are also still working on a tax bill that ...
    Marketplace.publicradio.org
  • Adrian Peterson, other Vikings players draw Capitol crowd (dl-online.com)
    Apr 26, 2012
    He said he plans a Thursday meeting with bill authors Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... mostly in northern Minnesota. The land was set aside so money could be earned for schools. It requires the state to have a trust land manager in ...
    DL-Online
  • Minn. House revives Vikings stadium bill (www2.wsls.com)
    Apr 25, 2012
    (AP) A Minnesota House committee revived the Vikings stadium ... "You have to rely on people you depend upon to give you good advice," said Lanning, R-Moorhead. Rep. John Kriesel, sponsor of the charitable gambling expansion, said he supported ...
    WSLS.com
  • Senate passes bill relaxing fireworks restrictions (stillwatergazette.com)
    Apr 25, 2012
    Michael Jungbauer, R-East Bethel, before watching his bill pass the Senate. In trying to answer concerns about the legislation Monday, bill author Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, restricted sale of more powerful fireworks from June 1 to July 7.
    Stillwater Gazette
  • Dayton receives views from both sides on fireworks bill (startribune.com)
    Apr 25, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... did not tell you that the most dangerous form of firework is the sparkler, which has been legal in Minnesota for a decade...." He said states that allow more powerful fireworks have "not seen an increase ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Fireworks bill heading to governor (erstarnews.com)
    Apr 25, 2012
    Debate in the Republican House yesterday was sharp debate. In trying to answer concerns about the legislation, Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, House bill author, restricted the sale of more powerful fireworks from June 1 to July 7.
    Elk River Star News
  • Vikings stadium: Focus now on Minneapolis as bill clears a hurdle at the Capitol (twincities.com)
    Apr 24, 2012
    "I would like to know what this is really going to cost the state of Minnesota, and what I've heard so far ... The sponsor of the gaming bill, Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said just because other states don't do it doesn't mean we shouldn ...
    Pioneer Press
  • House revives Vikings stadium bill [UPDATED] (fergusfallsjournal.com)
    Apr 24, 2012
    PAUL — A Minnesota House committee revived the Vikings stadium ... “You have to rely on people you depend upon to give you good advice,” said Lanning, R-Moorhead. Rep. John Kriesel, sponsor of the charitable gambling expansion, said ...
    Fergus Falls Daily Journal
  • Vikings stadium bill to receive full House vote (woodburybulletin.com)
    Apr 24, 2012
    John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... bill another committee defeated a week earlier. Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, convinced committee members to require steel in the new stadium to come from Minnesota ore. Rukavina’s amendment replaced ...
    Woodbury Bulletin
  • Minn. House panel revives Vikings stadium bill (kare11.com)
    Apr 24, 2012
    A Minnesota House panel pumped new life into the House version ... Morrie Lanning's original stadium bill as an amendment to Rep. John Kriesel's charitable gaming measure, which would legalize electronic pull-tabs and other new forms of wagering The ...
    KARE
  • Full Minnesota House to vote on Vikings stadium (dl-online.com)
    Apr 24, 2012
    John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... another commit-tee defeated a week earlier. Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, convinced committee members to require steel in the new stadium to come from Minnesota ore. Rukavina’s amend-ment replaced language ...
    DL-Online
  • Minnesota House will vote on Vikings stadium (duluthnewstribune.com)
    Apr 24, 2012
    John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... bill another committee defeated a week earlier. Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, persuaded committee members to require steel in the new stadium to come from Minnesota ore. Rukavina’s amendment replaced ...
    Duluth News Tribune
  • Rep. John Kriesel (swcbulletin.com)
    Apr 24, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, saw his bill to expand the state's fireworks law pass the Minnesota House Monday 77-50. Newly legal fireworks would include bottle rockets and other aerial displays. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • MINNESOTA LEGISLATIVE NOTEBOOK: House give fireworks more power (grandforksherald.com)
    Apr 24, 2012
    One of the changes Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... “Thou shall have no fun in Minnesota.” Lawmakers still immune It appears Minnesota lawmakers will keep their legal protection against drunken driving charges during legislative ...
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Minn. House revives Vikings stadium bill (duluthnewstribune.com)
    Apr 24, 2012
    A Minnesota House committee revived the Vikings stadium ... "You have to rely on people you depend upon to give you good advice," said Lanning, R-Moorhead. Rep. John Kriesel, sponsor of the charitable gambling expansion, said he supported ...
    Duluth News Tribune
  • Minnesota House gives fireworks more power (duluthnewstribune.com)
    Apr 24, 2012
    One of the changes Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... “Thou shall have no fun in Minnesota.” Lawmakers still immune It appears Minnesota lawmakers will keep their legal protection against drunken-driving charges during legislative ...
    Duluth News Tribune
  • Full Minnesota House to vote on Vikings stadium (inforum.com)
    Apr 24, 2012
    John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... another commit-tee defeated a week earlier. Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, convinced committee members to require steel in the new stadium to come from Minnesota ore. Rukavina’s amend-ment replaced language ...
    INFORUM
  • Minnesota Vikings Stadium: What Is Dead May Never Die (dailynorseman.com)
    Apr 24, 2012
    DN strives to be the best blog about the Minnesota Vikings on the internet, doing so with a unique blend of insight and analysis, as well as (hopefully) wit and humor. We hope you enjoy the site, and make it your home for Minnesota Vikings info!
    Daily Norseman
  • Stadium bill moves in Senate, House push next (mysanantonio.com)
    Apr 24, 2012
    (AP) — The Minnesota Senate's Rules Committee kept the Vikings ... "People deserve to know where their legislator and senator stands on it," said Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, the sponsor of the charitable gambling expansion. Kriesel supported ...
    MySanAntonio
  • Minnesota House passes amended fireworks bill (startribune.com)
    Apr 23, 2012
    The Minnesota House voted Monday to allow Minnesotans to ... Both changes were attempts by the House sponsor, Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, to meet concerns from local governments about the bill. It must now go back to the Senate, which ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Minnesota House passes amended fireworks bill (startribune.com)
    Apr 23, 2012
    The Minnesota House voted Monday to allow Minnesotans to ... Both changes were attempts by the House sponsor, Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, to meet concerns from local governments about the bill. It must now go back to the Senate, which ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Vikings stadium: Bill amendment may revive project in House (twincities.com)
    Apr 23, 2012
    The gaming bill, sponsored by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... amendment to be heard Monday evening would allow operation of sports pools in Minnesota, where those over 21 could place bets on sporting events. Meanwhile, Monday morning ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Vikings stadium plan could be resurrected tonight in the Legislature (inforum.com)
    Apr 23, 2012
    An amendment to be brought up tonight would put the stadium construction plan in that bill by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... and NFL leaders refuse to say the team will leave Minnesota if there is no new stadium, Dayton and other ...
    INFORUM
  • Six Anoka County commissioners likely to run in fall (startribune.com)
    Apr 21, 2012
    Initial candidates included Ramsey Mayor Bob Ramsey and Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, Kordiak confirmed. Ramsey is not among the finalists, Kordiak said.
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • A closer look at the 40 Under Forty + alumni database updated (bizjournals.com)
    Apr 20, 2012
    Where do they see themselves in five years? You can find out in the full profiles and surveys of our 2012 honorees, who include Minnesota State Rep. John Kriesel, One Simple Plan's Clint Roberts, and Peace Coffee's Lee Wallace. Subscribers were ...
    The Business Journal
  • Stadium hearing set for Friday; pull-tabs bill advances (msnbc.msn.com)
    Apr 20, 2012
    Some stadium supports see the bill, authored by Rep. John Kriesel, as a vehicle for reviving the stadium ... the idea was originally pitched by Minnesota charities as a way to increase the take. The margins will be extremely tight because ...
    msnbc.com
  • Kriesel on Vikings stadium: 'There is a sense of urgency that I have not seen' (swcbulletin.com)
    Apr 20, 2012
    “There is a sense of urgency that I have not seen,” stadium supporter Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... has “serious concerns” about the Vikings’ future in Minnesota if the Legislature does not approve a new stadium before ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Stadium urgency increases in Legislature (bemidjipioneer.com)
    Apr 20, 2012
    “There is a sense of urgency that I have not seen,” stadium supporter Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... has “serious concerns” about the Vikings’ future in Minnesota if the Legislature does not approve a new stadium before ...
    Bemidji Pioneer
  • Stadium urgency increases at Minn. Capitol ahead of today's visit by NFL commissioner (wctrib.com)
    Apr 20, 2012
    “There is a sense of urgency that I have not seen,” stadium supporter Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... has “serious concerns” about the Vikings’ future in Minnesota if the Legislature does not approve a new stadium before ...
    West Central Tribune
  • Stadium negotiations intensify (again) at Capitol (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    Apr 20, 2012
    Minneapolis DFL Rep. Jim Davnie praised the bonding amendment's proposed ... and the panel approved the charitable gambling bill on a voice vote. Bill sponsor John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said he was glad to get the measure cleanly through the committee ...
    Marketplace.publicradio.org
  • Urgency for new Vikings stadium increases with NFL commish coming to town (inforum.com)
    Apr 20, 2012
    “There is a sense of urgency that I have not seen,” stadium supporter Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... has “serious concerns” about the Vikings’ future in Minnesota if the Legislature does not approve a new stadium before ...
    INFORUM
  • House committee approves bill to expand gambling (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    Apr 20, 2012
    The measure passed on a voice vote after a contentious three-hour hearing. The bill was originally earmarked to fund a Vikings stadium, but Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, got it approved without a stadium link. He said he worried the ...
    Marketplace.publicradio.org
  • Stadium urgency increases (dglobe.com)
    Apr 20, 2012
    “There is a sense of urgency that I have not seen,” stadium supporter Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... has “serious concerns” about the Vikings’ future in Minnesota if the Legislature does not approve a new stadium before ...
    Worthington Daily Globe
  • The Morning Line, 4/19 (cincinnati.com)
    Apr 19, 2012
    It was rejected outright late Monday night by a committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and prominent state Rep. John Kriesel said of the bill via Twitter: “it is almost certainly dead this year.” Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley ...
    Cincinnati.com
  • Vikings stadium could be revived in House; Dayton open to special session (twincities.com)
    Apr 19, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, a stadium supporter, said he would be open to connecting the stadium project to a bill of his that supports charitable-gaming operations. But he would like his bill to clear the Taxes Committee, where it was ...
    Pioneer Press
  • NFL: 'There are plenty of willing buyers' for the Vikings (startribune.com)
    Apr 19, 2012
    The National Football League said Wednesday the Minnesota Vikings' chances of getting public ... "It looks really bad, right now," said Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. Though a stadium subsidy package was always seen as having long odds ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Stadium urgency increases in Minnesota Legislature (grandforksherald.com)
    Apr 18, 2012
    “There is a sense of urgency that I have not seen,” stadium supporter Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... has “serious concerns” about the Vikings’ future in Minnesota if the Legislature does not approve a new stadium before ...
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Dayton talking with the NFL about Vikings stadium impasse (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    Apr 18, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said he wanted the Tax Committee ... A solution that will benefit Minnesota as a whole," said Rep. Mahoney in a statement. "Given the jobs it will create and the property taxes it would generate, I believe this proposal ...
    Marketplace.publicradio.org
  • Vikings stadium supporters consider options (twincities.com)
    Apr 18, 2012
    It would authorize Minnesota charities that operate games of chance ... although its chief sponsor says he doesn't favor that approach. Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said he realizes his bill could be a magnet for stadium supporters.
    Pioneer Press
  • A Vikings stadium "Plan B" moves forward (startribune.com)
    Apr 18, 2012
    Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, and Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... Mark Dayton has proposed authorizing electronic bingo and pull tabs in Minnesota’s bars and restaurants as a way to fund the state’s $398 million contribution ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Legislative notebook: Senate approves more Minnesota fireworks (bemidjipioneer.com)
    Apr 18, 2012
    A companion bill by Republican John Kriesel of Cottage Grove likely will be heard by a committee Thursday and could be before the full House for a vote this week. End is near The first real sign that the 2012 Minnesota legislative is wrapping up ...
    Bemidji Pioneer
  • Legislative Notebook: Senate approves more Minnesota fireworks (duluthnewstribune.com)
    Apr 18, 2012
    A companion bill by Republican John Kriesel of Cottage Grove probably will be heard by a committee Thursday and could be before the full House for a vote this week. Session may be ending soon The first real sign that the 2012 Minnesota ...
    Duluth News Tribune
  • Vikes forge ahead after stadium setback at Capitol (kare11.com)
    Apr 18, 2012
    Some lawmakers suggested privately that Rep. John Kriesel's bill authorizing electronic pull-tabs and tip boards in Minnesota could be amended to include the framework of the stadium plan. The debate leading up to that decisive roll-call vote was ...
    KARE
  • MINNESOTA LEGISLATIVE NOTEBOOK: Senate approves more Minnesota fireworks (grandforksherald.com)
    Apr 18, 2012
    A companion bill by Republican John Kriesel of Cottage Grove likely will be heard by a committee Thursday and could be before the full House for a vote this week. End is near The first real sign that the 2012 Minnesota legislative is wrapping up ...
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Minnesota Vikings Stadium: United We Stand. . .If We Feel Like It (dailynorseman.com)
    Apr 17, 2012
    Then I went through my Twitter feed and saw this from Rep John Kriesel. Just talked to Rep. Murray. He emphasized that he would have voted yes if one more DFLer did. Another GOPer would have done the same. #mnleg Seriously, what in the sweet ...
    Daily Norseman
  • Vikings stadium: Cue the threats, right? (espn.go.com)
    Apr 17, 2012
    It was rejected outright late Monday night by a committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and prominent state Rep. John Kriesel said of the bill via Twitter: "it is almost certainly dead this year." Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley ...
    ESPN
  • Vikings stadium: Cue the threats, right? (espn.go.com)
    Apr 17, 2012
    It was rejected outright late Monday night by committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and prominent state Rep. John Kriesel said of the bill via Twitter: "it is almost certainly dead this year." Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley ...
    ESPN
  • Vikes forge ahead after stadium setback at Capitol (kare11.com)
    Apr 16, 2012
    Some lawmakers suggested privately that Rep. John Kriesel's bill authorizing electronic pull-tabs and tip boards in Minnesota could be amended to include the framework of the stadium plan. The debate leading up to that decisive roll-call vote was ...
    KARE
  • Bill passed giving hiring preference to military vets (bizjournals.com)
    Apr 16, 2012
    Minnesota businesses will be allowed to give military ... The bill was sponsored by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, who is a veteran himself. He said veterans have a high unemployment rate. "We need to give them every tool possible to ...
    The Business Journal
  • Minnesota Legislature passes bill giving hiring preference to veterans (twincities.com)
    Apr 16, 2012
    The Minnesota Legislature has sent Gov ... House bill sponsor and veteran Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said that veterans are experiencing an "astronomical unemployment rate" and "we need to give them every tool possible to get them ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Minnesota Legislature passes bill giving hiring preference to veterans (twincities.com)
    Apr 16, 2012
    The Minnesota Legislature has sent Gov ... House bill sponsor and veteran Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said that veterans are experiencing an "astronomical unemployment rate" and "we need to give them every tool possible to get them ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Memorial grad's award-winning work tells tale of recovery (leadertelegram.com)
    Apr 16, 2012
    John Kriesel give an inspirational speech ... boys again that is more painful than my massive wounds," Kriesel says on the book's opening page. Despite Kriesel's gruesome ordeal - the Minnesota National Guard member was shocked back to life three times ...
    Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
  • Memorial grad's award-winning work tells tale of recovery (leadertelegram.com)
    Apr 15, 2012
    John Kriesel give an inspirational speech ... boys again that is more painful than my massive wounds," Kriesel says on the book's opening page. Despite Kriesel's gruesome ordeal - the Minnesota National Guard member was shocked back to life three times ...
    Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
  • E-fairness Cannot Wait – Pass Legislation This Year (invergroveheights.patch.com)
    Apr 12, 2012
    Minnesota retailers lose business to online sites and Minnesota loses tax revenue due to this uneven playing field.  Call Representative’s Joe Atkins, John Kriesel and Rick Hansen and Senators Katie Sieben and Jim Metzen today.  Visit ...
    Patch
  • Efairness cannot wait – pass legislation this year (invergroveheights.patch.com)
    Apr 12, 2012
    Every day, Minnesota retailers lose business to online sites and Minnesota loses tax revenue due to this uneven playing field. Call Representative’s Joe Atkins, John Kriesel and Rick Hansen and Senators Katie Sieben and Jim Metzen today.  Visit ...
    Patch
  • Fireworks bill moves forward at Minnesota Capitol (kare11.com)
    Apr 6, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, the bill's chief author told KARE ... Tina Liebling quoted from hospital reports of cases of burns and injuries hospitals had treated under Minnesota's existing laws. The Rochester Democrat said it was one thing to risk life and limb ...
    KARE
  • Minnesota legislative notebook: Dayton vetoes GOP school repayment plan (grandforksherald.com)
    Apr 6, 2012
    Mark Dayton vetoed a Republican plan to take money out of the state reserve fund to repay money owed Minnesota school districts ... Morrie Lanning of Moorhead and John Kriesel of Cottage Grove to be considered by committees.
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Fireworks bill moves forward at Minnesota Capitol (kare11.com)
    Apr 6, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, the bill's chief author told KARE ... Tina Liebling quoted from hospital reports of cases of burns and injuries hospitals had treated under Minnesota's existing laws. The Rochester Democrat said it was one thing to risk life and limb ...
    KARE
  • Fireworks bill survives committee test (startribune.com)
    Apr 5, 2012
    A bill that would make Minnesota a fireworks-friendly state survived a ... The bill, sponsored by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, would allow the sale and use of the full range of consumer fireworks, including aerial rockets and firecrackers.
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Vikings stadium: White Earth Nation dangles $400 million carrot; bills clear House panel (twincities.com)
    Apr 5, 2012
    "Minnesota will have the money ... Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, will head to Government Operations and Elections, and a related bill from Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, goes to Taxes. A House spokeswoman said neither hearing will happen ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Fireworks bill changed to address concerns (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    Apr 5, 2012
    A Minnesota House committee has retooled a bill aimed ... and Election Committee approved the changes in the bill today. The bill's sponsor, Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said the changes to the bill should satisfy those concerns.
    Marketplace.publicradio.org
  • Fireworks bill changed to address concerns (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    Apr 5, 2012
    A Minnesota House committee has retooled a bill aimed ... and Election Committee approved the changes in the bill today. The bill's sponsor, Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said the changes to the bill should satisfy those concerns.
    Marketplace.publicradio.org
  • Vikings stadium bills clear rules panel; no further action today (twincities.com)
    Apr 5, 2012
    Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, will head to Government Operations and Elections, and a related bill from Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, goes to Taxes. A House spokeswoman said neither hearing will happen Thursday, April 5. The earliest would ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Lanning’s ideas look promising (jamestownsun.com)
    Apr 5, 2012
    But Lanning’s and the companion bill by Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove seem to address the knottiest problems. Among the particulars directly related to annual revenues if projected revenue from electronic gaming falls short: *Increase the ...
    Jamestown Sun
  • White Earth’s ‘win-win’ stadium/casino plan seems DOA (minnget.com)
    Apr 4, 2012
    “A great idea,” said Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... The White Earth tribe, located in far northwestern Minnesota, would build a $700 million metro-area casino (site undetermined). The tribe then would put in $400 million “up front ...
    Minnget.com
  • Katy Perry's "Firework" used to promote legalizing bottle rockets in Minnesota (blogs.citypages.com)
    Apr 4, 2012
    Minnesota Rep. John Kriesel may be retiring from the local Legislature, but he's trying to go out with a resounding bang. The Cottage Grove Republican has chosen an unlikely source for inspiration in his quest to legalize bottle rockets and certain more ...
    Minneapolis City Pages (blog)
  • Game could tip Vikings vote (echopress.com)
    Apr 4, 2012
    said Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, who put forward the proposal. Tip board games currently are played legally. As the Minnesota Gambling Control Board describes the process, players purchase sealed tickets with random numbers or symbols on them.
    Echo Press
  • Omnibus liquor bill passed by the House (tcdailyplanet.net)
    Apr 4, 2012
    College football fans might be able to purchase alcohol at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium ... measures unsuccessfully introduced by Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa) and Rep. John Kriesel (R-Cottage Grove) that would authorize ...
    Twin Cities Planet
  • Minnesota Legislature: Tip boards could tip Vikings vote (inforum.com)
    Apr 4, 2012
    said Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, who put forward the proposal. Tip board games currently are played legally. As the Minnesota Gambling Control Board describes the process, players purchase sealed tickets with random numbers or symbols.
    INFORUM
  • You just gotta ignite the light’ fireworks (grandforksherald.com)
    Apr 4, 2012
    ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Rep. John Kriesel just wants to have a good time. “Do you feel we are not as fun as other states?” the Cottage Grove Republican asked fellow representatives Tuesday before they delayed a vote allowing more powerful fireworks.
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Game could tip Vikings stadium vote (grandforksherald.com)
    Apr 4, 2012
    said Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, who put forward the proposal. Tip board games currently are played legally. As the Minnesota Gambling Control Board describes the process, players purchase sealed tickets with random numbers or symbols on them.
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Minnesota Rep. Kriesel quotes pop singer while supporting fireworks bill (grandforksherald.com)
    Apr 4, 2012
    Minnesota Rep. John Kriesel just wants to have a good time. “Do you feel we are not as fun as other states?” the Cottage Grove Republican asked fellow representatives Tuesday before they delayed a vote allowing more powerful fireworks.
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Rep. John Kriesel shoots for Sunday liquor sales — twice (minnget.com)
    Apr 3, 2012
    Retiring state representative John Kriesel, Republican of Cottage Grove, attempts — twice — to amend the omnibus liquor bill to allow Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota. In spite of Rep. Kriesel's persuasive arguments for alcohol on Sundays — including ...
    Minnget.com
  • Minnesota House committee OKs nearly $1 billion Vikings stadium plan (inforum.com)
    Apr 3, 2012
    Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, to build a stadium and another by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... said there is “a very real possibility” of the Vikings leaving Minnesota if it does not get a new stadium. He reminded committee members ...
    INFORUM
  • Minnesota Vikings stadium bill finally moves ahead (wctrib.com)
    Apr 3, 2012
    Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, to build a stadium and another by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... said there is “a very real possibility” of the Vikings leaving Minnesota if it does not get a new stadium. He reminded committee members ...
    West Central Tribune
  • Stadium bill gets first OK in House (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    Apr 3, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, (looking at an electronic pulltab ... King Wilson, head of Allied Charities of Minnesota, the state's charitable gambling trade group defended the game, shown at right. "I think the governor's comments, if we were ...
    Marketplace.publicradio.org
  • Stadium bill gets first OK in House (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    Apr 3, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, (looking at an electronic pulltab ... King Wilson, head of Allied Charities of Minnesota, the state's charitable gambling trade group defended the game, shown at right. "I think the governor's comments, if we were ...
    Marketplace.publicradio.org
  • House defeats Kriesel-backed Sunday liquor sales measure (swcbulletin.com)
    Mar 30, 2012
    Efforts to allow liquor stores to open on Sundays failed Friday in the Minnesota House. A proposed amendment by Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, to an otherwise routine liquor-related bill failed 97-25. An attempt by Rep. John Kriesel ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • House defeats Kriesel-backed Sunday liquor sales measure (swcbulletin.com)
    Mar 30, 2012
    Efforts to allow liquor stores to open on Sundays failed Friday in the Minnesota House. A proposed amendment by Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, to an otherwise routine liquor-related bill failed 97-25. An attempt by Rep. John Kriesel ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • House signs off on U of M stadium beer sales (startribune.com)
    Mar 30, 2012
    Minnesota House of Representatives walks into a bar ... “We’re all adults,” agreed Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, arguing that it’s time to modernize the last remnant of the “Blue Laws” that used to ban Americans from shopping ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Derrick Lehrke seeks Republican endorsement for 54A legislative seat (twincities.com)
    Mar 28, 2012
    The announcement was made Wednesday, March 28, by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. Lehrke is seeking the Republican party's endorsement for House District 54A - which is Kriesel's district and includes much of Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park.
    Pioneer Press
  • Derrick Lehrke seeks Republican endorsement for 54A legislative seat (twincities.com)
    Mar 28, 2012
    The announcement was made Wednesday, March 28, by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. Lehrke is seeking the Republican party's endorsement for House District 54A - which is Kriesel's district and includes much of Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park.
    Pioneer Press
  • Senate green-lights beer sales at U of M football games (startribune.com)
    Mar 28, 2012
    The Legislature has hammered out a compromise that would allow beer sales at University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium ... “Freedom!!!!!” Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, tweeted afterward. University officials watched the result ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Cottage Grove council member Derrick Lehrke running for state House (swcbulletin.com)
    Mar 28, 2012
    Cottage Grove City Council member Derrick Lehrke is running for the Minnesota House. Lehrke says he is campaigning to replace the retiring Rep. John Kriesel. Lehrke, a Republican, on Tuesday created a Facebook page dedicated to a bid for House ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Long list of MN lawmakers not seeking reelection gets longer (kare11.com)
    Mar 27, 2012
    "There comes a time, it's time to let a new person do this," DFL Representative Nora Slawik of Maplewood ... Connie Doepke (running for Senate), Mary Kiffmeyer (running for Senate), John Kriesel, Pat Mazorol, Mark Murdock, Branden Petersen (running for ...
    KARE
  • Long list of MN lawmakers not seeking reelection gets longer (kare11.com)
    Mar 27, 2012
    "There comes a time, it's time to let a new person do this," DFL Representative Nora Slawik of Maplewood ... Connie Doepke (running for Senate), Mary Kiffmeyer (running for Senate), John Kriesel, Pat Mazorol, Mark Murdock, Branden Petersen (running for ...
    KARE
  • Bulletin editorial: A changed race after Kriesel exit (swcbulletin.com)
    Mar 21, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel’s decision last week to not seek a second term in the Minnesota House dramatically changes the dynamics of that race. If you missed Kriesel’s announcement, in summary: After one two-year term, the Cottage Grove Republican ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Our view: Co-eds crack down on lawmakers’ DUI protection (duluthnewstribune.com)
    Mar 21, 2012
    The political science students from Concordia University in St. Paul have been popping by the state Capitol on a weekly basis to work with Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, on what’s been dubbed a “No Boozin’ and Cruzin’ in Minnesota” bill.
    Duluth News Tribune
  • Legislators' privilege should not include impaired driving (twincities.com)
    Mar 20, 2012
    and a Minnesota Legislature class, now under way, is working on the measure's passage. "The Capitol is their classroom," Jones said. The bill - sponsored by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, and Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley - passed a ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Minnesota House bill would prevent DWI immunity for lawmakers (twincities.com)
    Mar 20, 2012
    Minnesota lawmakers have long had "Freedom from Arrest ... The students persuaded legislators to back such a measure, and the resulting bill, sponsored by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, and Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, has been introduced ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Legislators' DWI immunity during session target of House bill (twincities.com)
    Mar 20, 2012
    Minnesota lawmakers have long had "Freedom from Arrest ... The students convinced legislators to sponsor such a measure, and the resulting bill, sponsored by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove and Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, has been introduced ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Parties, candidates assess reshaped Cottage Grove-area legislative race after Rep. Kriesel exit (swcbulletin.com)
    Mar 19, 2012
    Democrats said Kriesel’s move means the DFL has a better chance at winning back a seat it long held, while Republicans were hustling to find a strong candidate to try to retain the seat in the Nov. 6 election. Rep. John Kriesel’s decision ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Vikings Stadium Update: No Optimism Anywhere, Basically (minnesota.sbnation.com)
    Mar 19, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel said that he doubted the stadium bill could be ... He's likely telling the truth, and that's a bad sign for the stadium bill. For more on the Minnesota Vikings, go to Daily Norseman. You can also get all of your professional ...
    SB Nation
  • Vikings stadium: Supporter doubts chances (espn.go.com)
    Mar 19, 2012
    The NFL's free-agency frenzy has slowed enough for us to get back to what you have all been clamoring for: Minnesota Vikings stadium ... Even a staunch stadium supporter, state Rep. John Kriesel, expressed significant doubt over the weekend ...
    ESPN
  • Iraq vet Kriesel won't run again for Minn. House (faribaultcountyregister.com)
    Mar 16, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel (CREE'-suhl) says in a letter to colleagues Thursday that it became a strain to balance career and family with legislative duties. Kriesel was deployed to Iraq in 2006 for the Army National Guard. He lost his legs in a roadside bomb ...
    Faribault County Register
  • Minnesota student group aims to end legislative immunity from drunk driving arrests (blogs.citypages.com)
    Mar 16, 2012
    Detroit Lakes Online reports that a group of students in a Concordia political science class has been working on the bill with Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... The immunity provision has been a part of Minnesota's constitution since the beginning.
    Minneapolis City Pages (blog)
  • Minnesota college students want to place limits on legislators' legal immunity (duluthnewstribune.com)
    Mar 16, 2012
    In Minnesota, legislators get what some deem a “get out ... As part of a political science class, the students teamed up with Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, who helped them through the process. “He was like their coach, telling the ...
    Duluth News Tribune
  • Kriesel looking forward to family time, won't seek re-election (msnbc.msn.com)
    Mar 16, 2012
    State Representative John Kriesel, a Republican from Cottage Grove ... and he landed a seat on the Stadium Working Group trying to broker a deal for a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium. It's an issue he's been thinking about since he ...
    msnbc.com
  • Minnesota Rep. John Kriesel won't seek re-election (twincities.com)
    Mar 16, 2012
    State Rep. John Kriesel, a Cottage Grove Republican, announced Thursday, March 15, he will not seek reelection to the Minnesota House in the fall. Kriesel, 30, made the announcement in a letter to his colleagues. An Iraq War veteran who lost his ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Students seek end to Minnesota legislature drunk-driving immunity (inforum.com)
    Mar 16, 2012
    In Minnesota, legislators get what some deem a “get out ... As part of a political science class, the students teamed up with Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, who helped them through the process. “He was like their coach, telling the ...
    INFORUM
  • Rep. John Kriesel Won’t Run for Re-Election (myfoxtwincities.com)
    Mar 16, 2012
    (FOX 9) - Rep. John Kriesel (R-Cottage Grove ... Kriesel represents Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park and South St. Paul. The Minnesota Army National Guard veteran says it’s time to spend more time with his wife and two sons and to ...
    FOX 9 News
  • Minnesota legislative notebook: Ag community debates ethanol (grandforksherald.com)
    Mar 16, 2012
    Kriesel stepping away John Kriesel is leaving the Minnesota Legislature for his family. After one term in the Minnesota House, Rep. Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, announced Thursday is not running again so he can spend more time with his wife and children.
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Rep. Kriesel: 'My kids don't want me to run for re-election' (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    Mar 15, 2012
    State Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... in the state Legislature to oppose the constitutional same-sex marriage ban that will go before Minnesota voters in 2012. He said he's received no blowback from other Republicans upset by his stance ...
    Marketplace.publicradio.org
  • War hero Rep. John Kriesel won’t run again (morrissuntribune.com)
    Mar 15, 2012
    ST. PAUL -- A first-term Minnesota legislator who made a bigger splash than most says he is not running again. Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, sent a letter to fellow lawmakers and staff this morning saying he wants to spent more time with ...
    Morris Sun Tribune
  • Students don’t want Minnesota lawmakers to ‘get out of jail free’ (grandforksherald.com)
    Mar 15, 2012
    In Minnesota, legislators get what some deem a “get out ... As part of a political science class, the students teamed up with Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, who helped them through the process. “He was like their coach, telling the ...
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Letter: Rep. Kriesel Says He Won't Run Again for MN House (kstp.com)
    Mar 15, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, 30, released the following letter explaining his decision. Fellow members and staff, After much thought, personal reflection and consultation with my family, I have decided not to seek re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives.
    KSTP
  • Rep. John Kriesel announces he won't run for re-election (kare11.com)
    Mar 15, 2012
    Politics is often described as a contact sport, which may be why State Rep. John Kriesel chose KFAN radio to make a big ... I have decided not to seek re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives. My military career was very tough on my family ...
    KARE
  • Iraq War veteran, Minnesota legislator Kriesel won't seek re-election (duluthnewstribune.com)
    Mar 15, 2012
    ST. PAUL — A first-term Minnesota legislator who made a bigger splash than most says he is not running again. Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, sent a letter to fellow lawmakers and staff this morning saying he wants to spend more time with ...
    Duluth News Tribune
  • Citing family reasons, Cottage Grove Rep. Kriesel opts against re-election (swcbulletin.com)
    Mar 15, 2012
    State Rep. John Kriesel cited family reasons as he announced Thursday he won’t seek re-election to the Minnesota House, abruptly stepping away from a rising political career and shaking up a south Washington County legislative race.
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Citing family reasons, Cottage Grove Rep. Kriesel opts against re-election (swcbulletin.com)
    Mar 15, 2012
    State Rep. John Kriesel cited family reasons as he announced Thursday he won’t seek re-election to the Minnesota House, abruptly stepping away from a rising political career and shaking up a south Washington County legislative race.
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Iraq vet Kriesel won't run again for Minn. House (winonadailynews.com)
    Mar 15, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel (CREE'-suhl) says in a letter to colleagues Thursday that it became a strain to balance career and family with legislative duties. Kriesel was deployed to Iraq in 2006 for the Army National Guard. He lost his legs in a roadside bomb ...
    Winona Daily News
  • War hero Rep. John Kriesel won’t run again (morrissuntribune.com)
    Mar 15, 2012
    ST. PAUL -- A first-term Minnesota legislator who made a bigger splash than most says he is not running again. Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, sent a letter to fellow lawmakers and staff this morning saying he wants to spent more time with ...
    Morris Sun Tribune
  • War hero Kriesel won’t run again (bemidjipioneer.com)
    Mar 15, 2012
    ST. PAUL -- A first-term Minnesota legislator who made a bigger splash than most says he is not running again. Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, sent a letter to fellow lawmakers and staff this morning saying he wants to spent more time with ...
    Bemidji Pioneer
  • Kriesel Says He Won't Run Again for Minn. House (kstp.com)
    Mar 15, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, 30, made the announcement on a local radio station Thursday morning. In a letter to colleagues Thursday, he says that it became a strain to balance career and family with legislative duties. Kriesel was deployed to Iraq in ...
    KSTP
  • War hero Rep. John Kriesel won’t run again (morrissuntribune.com)
    Mar 15, 2012
    ST. PAUL -- A first-term Minnesota legislator who made a bigger splash than most says he is not running again. Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, sent a letter to fellow lawmakers and staff this morning saying he wants to spent more time with ...
    Morris Sun Tribune
  • Rep. John Kriesel (morrissuntribune.com)
    Mar 15, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove announced that he will not seek re-election this fall. In this file photo, Kriesel joins other Republicans Thursday in announcing he opposes a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages. Behind him ...
    Morris Sun Tribune
  • On sports radio, state Rep. Kriesel said he will not run for re-election (startribune.com)
    Mar 15, 2012
    Republican Rep. John Kriesel, a war veteran who has won admiration from ... He has been an ardent supporter of the push for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium and expanding gambling. He said on the radio that after Wednesday's non-vote on the ...
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Rep. John Kriesel announces he won't run for re-election (kare11.com)
    Mar 15, 2012
    Politics is often described as a contact sport, which may be why State Rep. John Kriesel chose KFAN radio to make a big ... I have decided not to seek re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives. My military career was very tough on my family ...
    KARE
  • Kriesel looking forward to family time, won't seek re-election (kare11.com)
    Mar 14, 2012
    State Representative John Kriesel, a Republican from Cottage Grove ... and he landed a seat on the Stadium Working Group trying to broker a deal for a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium. It's an issue he's been thinking about since he was in High ...
    KARE
  • Rep. John Kriesel announces he won't run for re-election (kare11.com)
    Mar 14, 2012
    Politics is often described as a contact sport, which may be why State Rep. John Kriesel chose KFAN radio to make a big ... I have decided not to seek re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives. My military career was very tough on my family ...
    KARE
  • Kriesel looking forward to family time, won't seek re-election (kare11.com)
    Mar 14, 2012
    State Representative John Kriesel, a Republican from Cottage Grove ... and he landed a seat on the Stadium Working Group trying to broker a deal for a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium. It's an issue he's been thinking about since he was in High ...
    KARE
  • As stadium battle starts, House Speaker Zellers is non-combatant (minnesota.publicradio.org)
    Mar 14, 2012
    Another obstacle could be the top Republican in the Minnesota House. The plan for a publically ... subsidizing a private business with public money. Stadium backer Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said Zellers' neutral stand does not help ...
    Marketplace.publicradio.org
  • Dan Lund seeks DFL nomination in new House 54A, would challenge Kriesel (twincities.com)
    Mar 13, 2012
    Dan Lund, 32, Newport, has announced he will seek the DFL endorsement for Minnesota House District 54A. Lund hopes to challenge Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, who is serving his first term. Lund is an attorney and the vice-chairman of the ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Cottage Grove seeks state money for 'business incubator' at city hall (swcbulletin.com)
    Mar 13, 2012
    A bill by GOP Rep. John Kriesel and Sen. Katie Sieben ... Kriesel’s bill was heard in a Minnesota House committee Tuesday. City Administrator Ryan Schroeder testified. Kriesel said the measure would help ensure long-term and sustainable ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Legislative Notes: Dayton suggests $60 million budget tweak (dglobe.com)
    Mar 13, 2012
    Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji ... Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck; and John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. In the Senate, Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, is main sponsor, with co-sponsors Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, and Senate Minority ...
    Worthington Daily Globe
  • Legislative Notes: Dayton suggests $60 million budget tweak (dglobe.com)
    Mar 13, 2012
    Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji ... Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck; and John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. In the Senate, Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, is main sponsor, with co-sponsors Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, and Senate Minority ...
    Worthington Daily Globe
  • Vikings stadium bill introduced in House, Senate (grandforksherald.com)
    Mar 12, 2012
    A bill to finance a new Minnesota Vikings stadium was officially introduced ... Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck; and John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. In the Senate, Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont is main sponsor, with co-sponsors Senate Majority Leader ...
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Vikings Stadium Bill Drafted (myfoxtwincities.com)
    Mar 9, 2012
    ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota Vikings stadium bill should be introduced any day now, with Rep. John Kriesel (R-Cottage Grove) giving an early peek at the bill Thursday afternoon. ”Here is the Vikings stadium bill. I just signed on as a co ...
    FOX 9 News
  • Second DFL challenger to Kriesel announces candidacy (swcbulletin.com)
    Mar 7, 2012
    A Newport planning commissioner has announced he will seek the local DFL endorsement to challenge state Rep. John Kriesel in the ... created real harm for people in Minnesota,” the statement read, citing Kriesel’s vote to support a budget ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Schwartz to seek DFL bid to challenge Rep. Kriesel (swcbulletin.com)
    Mar 1, 2012
    Schwartz said Thursday she will seek the DFL endorsement to challenge Rep. John Kriesel this fall. Schwartz, of St. Paul Park, said a key reason she wants a Minnesota House seat is so that she can help get money that school districts were ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Schwartz to seek DFL bid to challenge Rep. Kriesel (swcbulletin.com)
    Mar 1, 2012
    Schwartz said Thursday she will seek the DFL endorsement to challenge Rep. John Kriesel this fall. Schwartz, of St. Paul Park, said a key reason she wants a Minnesota House seat is so that she can help get money that school districts were ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Vikings stadium watch continues at Capitol (twincities.com)
    Mar 1, 2012
    A group of lawmakers crafting a Minnesota Vikings stadium bill met Wednesday ... telling people there's going to be language to a bill any day," said Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, a stadium proponent who has been part of the stadium ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Vikings stadium: Deal expected to be unveiled today (twincities.com)
    Mar 1, 2012
    A deal to build a Minnesota Vikings home east of the Metrodome and ... The problem is Minneapolis council members "don't want to take the vote," said Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, who has been part of the group of lawmakers working to ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Vikings stadium: watch continues for a deal (twincities.com)
    Mar 1, 2012
    John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... Some believe it's a technicality. University of Minnesota law professor and former state Rep. Myron Orfield said going to the Legislature to get around the city charter amendment would be "the clearest option."
    Pioneer Press
  • Minnesota Lawmaker Wants Larger Fireworks on Store Shelves (kaaltv.com)
    Feb 27, 2012
    "My intentions are to have it legal for this Fourth of July," said Representative John Kriesel. He authored the bill and wants Minnesotans to stop making a run for the border. "I think it's important to keep that money here in Minnesota and jobs ...
    KAAL-TV
  • Minnesota Lawmaker Wants Larger Fireworks on Store Shelves (kaaltv.com)
    Feb 27, 2012
    "My intentions are to have it legal for this Fourth of July," said Representative John Kriesel. He authored the bill and wants Minnesotans to stop making a run for the border. "I think it's important to keep that money here in Minnesota and jobs ...
    KAAL-TV
  • Legislation would make aerial fireworks legal in state (msnbc.msn.com)
    Feb 26, 2012
    "Why don't we stop making our neighbors criminals? Why don't we capture some of that revenue for the state of Minnesota and keep that money here," said State Representative John Kriesel, a Republican from Cottage Grove. Kriesel introduced a new ...
    msnbc.com
  • Legislation would make aerial fireworks legal in state (msnbc.msn.com)
    Feb 26, 2012
    "Why don't we stop making our neighbors criminals? Why don't we capture some of that revenue for the state of Minnesota and keep that money here," said State Representative John Kriesel, a Republican from Cottage Grove. Kriesel introduced a new ...
    msnbc.com
  • Legislation would make aerial fireworks legal in state (kare11.com)
    Feb 26, 2012
    "Why don't we stop making our neighbors criminals? Why don't we capture some of that revenue for the state of Minnesota and keep that money here," said State Representative John Kriesel, a Republican from Cottage Grove. Kriesel introduced a new bill that ...
    KARE
  • Both Sides: Marriage amendment violates core Republican principles (getbulletin.com)
    Feb 25, 2012
    The Minnesota Marriage Amendment is wrong. We urge Minnesotans to vote no. Representative John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, and Representative Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, are members of the Steering Committee for Minnesotans United for All Families.
    Post-Bulletin
  • Both Sides: Marriage amendment violates core Republican principles (getbulletin.com)
    Feb 24, 2012
    The Minnesota Marriage Amendment is wrong. We urge Minnesotans to vote no. Representative John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, and Representative Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, are members of the Steering Committee for Minnesotans United for All Families.
    Post-Bulletin
  • Kriesel Proposes Allowing Aerial Firework Sales in Minn. (myfoxtwincities.com)
    Feb 24, 2012
    Now, Minnesota Rep. John Kriesel is pushing a bill to allow the same products as neighboring states. Kriesel represents a district that borders Wisconsin, and he says businesses in Minnesota should be able to offer the same products to keep ...
    FOX 9 News
  • Legislative notebook: Minnesota lawmakers consider allowing more fireworks (grandforksherald.com)
    Feb 23, 2012
    Minnesota lawmakers are considering allowing bigger and aerial fireworks. They already are being used, Rep. John Kriesel said, because they are brought in from Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota. “My neighborhood sounds like Fallujah ...
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Minn. lawmakers consider allowing more fireworks (woodburybulletin.com)
    Feb 23, 2012
    ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers are considering allowing bigger and aerial fireworks. They already are being used, Rep. John Kriesel said, because they are brought in from Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota. “My neighborhood sounds like ...
    Woodbury Bulletin
  • Legislative notebook: Lawmakers consider allowing more fireworks (echopress.com)
    Feb 23, 2012
    Minnesota lawmakers are considering allowing bigger and aerial fireworks. They already are being used, Rep. John Kriesel said, because they are brought in from Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota. ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers are ...
    Echo Press
  • Legislative notebook: Minnesota lawmakers consider allowing more fireworks (grandforksherald.com)
    Feb 23, 2012
    Minnesota lawmakers are considering allowing bigger and aerial fireworks. They already are being used, Rep. John Kriesel said, because they are brought in from Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota. “My neighborhood sounds like Fallujah ...
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Legislative notebook: Minnesota lawmakers consider allowing more fireworks (grandforksherald.com)
    Feb 23, 2012
    Minnesota lawmakers are considering allowing bigger and aerial fireworks. They already are being used, Rep. John Kriesel said, because they are brought in from Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota. “My neighborhood sounds like Fallujah ...
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Legislative notebook: Lawmakers consider allowing more fireworks (dglobe.com)
    Feb 22, 2012
    ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers are considering allowing bigger and aerial fireworks. They already are being used, Rep. John Kriesel said, because they are brought in from Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota. “My neighborhood sounds like ...
    Worthington Daily Globe
  • Rep. Kriesel: No Senate run against Sieben; House is 'more rowdy' (swcbulletin.com)
    Feb 22, 2012
    State Rep. John Kriesel announced Wednesday he won't challenge Sen ... "Thanks for the nice texts and emails, but I am not considering a MN Senate run at this time," Kriesel tweeted Wednesday morning. "The MN House is more rowdy.
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Rep. Kriesel: No Senate run against Sieben; House is 'more rowdy' (swcbulletin.com)
    Feb 22, 2012
    State Rep. John Kriesel announced Wednesday he won't challenge Sen ... "Thanks for the nice texts and emails, but I am not considering a MN Senate run at this time," Kriesel tweeted Wednesday morning. "The MN House is more rowdy.
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Block E Casino: New Poll Finds Minnesotans Support Downtown Minneapolis Casino (consumerelectronicsnet.com)
    Feb 16, 2012
    "The beauty of it is that it does not cost taxpayers a dime," said state Rep. John Kriesel, who last spring sponsored a bill to authorize the expansion of the Minnesota State Lottery to include a single-site, state-owned and -operated gaming facility in ...
    Consumer Electronics Net
  • Block E Casino: New Poll Finds Minnesotans Support Downtown Minneapolis Casino (consumerelectronicsnet.com)
    Feb 16, 2012
    "The beauty of it is that it does not cost taxpayers a dime," said state Rep. John Kriesel, who last spring sponsored a bill to authorize the expansion of the Minnesota State Lottery to include a single-site, state-owned and -operated gaming facility in ...
    Consumer Electronics Net
  • South Washington County Republicans, Democrats poised for big year (swcbulletin.com)
    Feb 16, 2012
    Voters in District 57 overturned decades of Democratic-Farmer-Labor control in 2010, electing Rep. John Kriesel ... there is attention on Kriesel’s House seat because there will be a lot of money from outside Minnesota coming in to help ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Bulletin letters to the editor (swcbulletin.com)
    Feb 9, 2012
    In response to the letter (“Kriesel should run on ideas, not to keep seat in party,” Feb. 1) attacking Rep. John Kriesel for saying “it ... when Democrats have total control in Minnesota and at the national level. Government grows ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Where oh where has the GOP gone? (rosemount.patch.com)
    Feb 2, 2012
    John Kriesel (R) of Cottage Grove. The answer is a resounding yes. John along with Rep. Kelly and a few others have demonstrated ... If they win their respective races the MN House will do well to listen to their voices. Even here in what ...
    Patch
  • GOP Politico Offers Poignant Support for Marriage Equality [Video] (deathandtaxesmag.com)
    Feb 1, 2012
    Minnesota lawmakers last week approved a 2012 ballot measure that would further restrict marriage equality in the state, but not before Republican Rep. John Kriesel offered an impassioned “hell no.” It’s rare to see politicians, particularly ...
    Death and Taxes
  • After one year in office, Rep. John Kriesel challenges image of conventional legislator (swcbulletin.com)
    Feb 1, 2012
    John Kriesel said his biggest fear as a state representative is being pegged as a typical politician. With one year in the Minnesota House under his belt and a possible re-election bid later this year, Kriesel — for better or worse politically ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Rep. John Kriesel (swcbulletin.com)
    Feb 1, 2012
    Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, is in the second year of his freshman term in the Minnesota House. He has gained a lot of attention in a short time in office. He plans to run for re-election this fall. Bulletin photo by Scott Wente
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • After one year in office, Rep. John Kriesel challenges image of conventional legislator (swcbulletin.com)
    Feb 1, 2012
    John Kriesel said his biggest fear as a state representative is being pegged as a typical politician. With one year in the Minnesota House under his belt and a possible re-election bid later this year, Kriesel — for better or worse politically ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Fireworks start on opening day of 2012 Legislative session (morrissuntribune.com)
    Jan 25, 2012
    Good feelings evident at the opening of the 2012 Minnesota legislative session quickly evaporated ... Dayton’s bill dedicated just $20 million to flood relief. Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said he is less focused on the overall number ...
    Morris Sun Tribune
  • Fireworks start on opening day (dglobe.com)
    Jan 25, 2012
    PAUL – Good feelings evident at the opening of the 2012 Minnesota legislative session quickly ... that Dayton’s bill dedicated just $20 million to flood relief. Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said he is less focused on the overall ...
    Worthington Daily Globe
  • Minnesota Legislature: Fireworks start on session’s opening day (inforum.com)
    Jan 25, 2012
    PAUL – Good feelings evident at the opening of the 2012 Minnesota legislative session ... and lawmakers must address that inequity, said Rep. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley. Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said he is less focused on the ...
    INFORUM
  • Fireworks on opening day of Minnesota legislative session (grandforksherald.com)
    Jan 25, 2012
    PAUL – Good feelings evident at the opening of the 2012 Minnesota legislative session quickly ... that Dayton’s bill dedicated just $20 million to flood relief. Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said he is less focused on the overall ...
    Grand Forks Herald
  • Fireworks on opening day of Minnesota legislative session (grandforksherald.com)
    Jan 24, 2012
    PAUL – Good feelings evident at the opening of the 2012 Minnesota legislative session quickly ... that Dayton’s bill dedicated just $20 million to flood relief. Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said he is less focused on the overall ...
    Grand Forks Herald
  • State Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, a Potentially Key Vote on the Same Sex Marriage Bill, Officially "Undecided" (slog.thestranger.com)
    Jan 12, 2012
    I've included links to two such speeches in the hope that you find them worth watching. Minnesota State Rep. and wounded Iraq veteran John Kriesel: "It is often times hard to stand up against a group of people, who you may be close with ...
    TheStranger.com
  • Ruben Rosario: The people of 2011 who resonated with you (twincities.com)
    Jan 1, 2012
    "He (Wilfahrt) was gay," Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... Katie Lindenfelser and Children's Lighthouse of Minnesota: A stand-alone hospice for children - that's Lindenfelser and the nonprofit's quest after she learned Minnesota lacks ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Ruben Rosario: The people of 2011 who resonated with you (twincities.com)
    Jan 1, 2012
    "He (Wilfahrt) was gay," Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove ... Katie Lindenfelser and Children's Lighthouse of Minnesota: A stand-alone hospice for children - that's Lindenfelser and the nonprofit's quest after she learned Minnesota lacks ...
    Pioneer Press
  • Minnesota Vikings Stadium: Minnesota GOP Elects Dave Senjem Majority Leader (dailynorseman.com)
    Dec 28, 2011
    The Minnesota GOP selected Rochester's Dave Senjem to ... I got confirmation that the selection of Senjem was a positive from Representative John Kriesel, via the Twitter.
    Daily Norseman
  • Updating The Stadium Update, From The Department Of Redundancy Department (dailynorseman.com)
    Dec 27, 2011
    Well, I want to believe King, and no one wants the Vikes to stay in Minnesota more than I do, but Republican State representative John Kriesel, who you might remember more for this as opposed to being an 'in the know' guy on the stadium ...
    Daily Norseman
  • DeLand column: Is it just Twitter, or is it worse? (sctimes.com)
    Dec 15, 2011
    Last week, for instance, long-awaited Timberwolves import Ricky Rubio finally arrived in Minnesota, which he called “MinneSNOWta ... The fan, of course, turned out to be State Rep. John Kriesel, who a.) lost both his legs in combat in ...
    St. Cloud Times
  • Beware of the careless tweet (miamiherald.com)
    Nov 5, 2011
    After a recent defeat, the Minnesota Vikings ... did not go over well. John Kriesel is a double amputee who served in Iraq. Berrian is receiving no more passes from the Vikings, having been cut from the squad • Ex-Congressman Anthony ...
    Miami Herald
  • Beware of the careless tweet (miamiherald.com)
    Nov 5, 2011
    After a recent defeat, the Minnesota Vikings ... did not go over well. John Kriesel is a double amputee who served in Iraq. Berrian is receiving no more passes from the Vikings, having been cut from the squad • Ex-Congressman Anthony ...
    Miami Herald
  • Vikings release WR Berrian (cbssports.com)
    Oct 26, 2011
    "I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Minnesota Vikings organization for the ... On that topic, he entered a heated Twitter exchange with state representative John Kriesel, who said on KFAN radio in Minneapolis that he ...
    CBS Sports
  • Vikings release WR Berrian (sports.yahoo.com)
    Oct 26, 2011
    "I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Minnesota Vikings organization for the ... On that topic, he entered a heated Twitter exchange with state representative John Kriesel, who said on KFAN radio in Minneapolis that he ...
    YAHOO!
  • Vikings waive WR Bernard Berrian (kare11.com)
    Oct 25, 2011
    a situation that has occured often since a public dust-up with a Minnesota lawmaker on Twitter. It started when Berrian complained about the lack of balls thrown to him, and State Representative John Kriesel blasted Berrian's on-the-field performance.
    KARE
  • Vikings waive WR Bernard Berrian (kare11.com)
    Oct 25, 2011
    a situation that has occured often since a public dust-up with a Minnesota lawmaker on Twitter. It started when Berrian complained about the lack of balls thrown to him, and State Representative John Kriesel blasted Berrian's on-the-field performance.
    KARE
  • Vikings waive WR Bernard Berrian (kare11.com)
    Oct 25, 2011
    a situation that has occured often since a public dust-up with a Minnesota lawmaker on Twitter. It started when Berrian complained about the lack of balls thrown to him, and State Representative John Kriesel blasted Berrian's on-the-field performance.
    KARE
  • Berrian and Vikings say they will start fresh (sacbee.com)
    Oct 13, 2011
    When Minnesota state representative and amputee war veteran and John Kriesel mocked the tweet, Berrian challenged Kriesel to watch the film or "sit down and shut up." Berrian didn't know Kriesel's background or the fact he is a co-author of the ...
    Sacramento Bee
  • New Vikings stadium still facing hurdles (profootballweekly.com)
    Oct 12, 2011
    The stadium bill has stalled in the legislature, which means nothing can move forward officially. Minnesota state representative John Kriesel, a supporter of the stadium bill in the state legislature, said that if the sales tax is that unpopular ...
    Pro Football Weekly
  • New Vikings stadium still facing hurdles (sports.yahoo.com)
    Oct 12, 2011
    The stadium bill has stalled in the legislature, which means nothing can move forward officially. Minnesota state representative John Kriesel, a supporter of the stadium bill in the state legislature, said that if the sales tax is that unpopular ...
    YAHOO!
  • Biggs: 10 thoughts on Bears' loss to Lions (americanchronicle.com)
    Oct 12, 2011
    All of this comes on the heels of a Twitter spat Berrian had with John Kriesel, a Minnesota state representative who is a double amputee after military service in Iraq. Berrian asserted last week on Twitter that he's been wide open for four seasons.
    American Chronicle
  • Family Council dismisses anti-amendment Republicans as ‘social liberals’ (minnesotaindependent.com)
    Oct 11, 2011
    The Minnesota Family Council, the main voice behind a ballot ... a slate of Republican lawmakers and activists came out against the amendment at a press conference. Reps. John Kriesel (R-Cottage Grove) and Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Red Wing), former gubernatorial ...
    Minnesota Independent
  • Biggs: 10 thoughts on Bears' loss to Lions (wgntv.com)
    Oct 11, 2011
    The team is on pace for 29. All of this comes on the heels of a Twitter spat Berrian had with John Kriesel, a Minnesota state representative who is a double amputee after military service in Iraq. Berrian asserted last week on Twitter that he ...
    WGNtv.com
  • Biggs: 10 thoughts on Bears' loss to Lions (wgntv.com)
    Oct 11, 2011
    The team is on pace for 29. All of this comes on the heels of a Twitter spat Berrian had with John Kriesel, a Minnesota state representative who is a double amputee after military service in Iraq. Berrian asserted last week on Twitter that he ...
    WGNtv.com
  • Vikings receiver Berrian inactive for game (duluthnewstribune.com)
    Oct 10, 2011
    Frazier spoke with Berrian earlier in the week after the receiver got in a Twitter spat with a Minnesota state representative who also happens ... Berrian took exception to Rep. John Kriesel poking fun at him after the 22-17 loss at Kansas ...
    Duluth News Tribune
  • Frazier confirms Vikings benched WR Berrian as discipline (nfl.com)
    Oct 9, 2011
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Bernard Berrian was a surprise healthy scratch for the Minnesota ... Minnesota state representative who also happens to be a big supporter of the team's drive for a new stadium. Berrian took exception to Rep. John Kriesel poking ...
    NFL
  • Vikes' Bernard Berrian a healthy scratch (espn.go.com)
    Oct 9, 2011
    Frazier spoke with Berrian earlier in the week after the receiver got in a Twitter spat with a Minnesota state representative who also happens ... Berrian took exception to Rep. John Kriesel poking fun at him after the 22-17 loss at Kansas ...
    ESPN.com
  • Winfield, Berrian inactive for Vikings (stltoday.com)
    Oct 9, 2011
    Frazier spoke with Berrian earlier in the week after the receiver got in a Twitter spat with a Minnesota state representative who also happens to be a big supporter of the team's drive for a new stadium. Berrian took exception to Rep. John Kriesel poking ...
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Winfield, Berrian inactive for Minnesota Vikings' game against Arizona; Wells active for Cards (orlandosentinel.com)
    Oct 9, 2011
    Frazier spoke with Berrian earlier in the week after the receiver got in a Twitter spat with a Minnesota state representative who also happens ... Berrian took exception to Rep. John Kriesel poking fun at him after the 22-17 loss at Kansas ...
    Orlando Sentinel
  • Winfield, Berrian inactive for Minnesota Vikings' game against Arizona; Wells active for Cards (winnipegfreepress.com)
    Oct 9, 2011
    Frazier spoke with Berrian earlier in the week after the receiver got in a Twitter spat with a Minnesota state representative who also happens to be a big supporter of the team's drive for a new stadium. Berrian took exception to Rep. John Kriesel poking ...
    Winnipeg Free Press
  • The only reason to bench Bernard Berrian (espn.go.com)
    Oct 9, 2011
    I'm sure you'll note that the fan was not just any fan. It was John Kriesel, a Minnesota state representative and war hero who has co-authored the Vikings' stadium initiative. If it had been John Doe instead of John Kriesel, of course, this story never ...
    ESPN.com
  • Vikings WR Berrian not injured but held out vs. Cardinals (nfl.com)
    Oct 9, 2011
    Bernard Berrian was a surprise healthy scratch for the Minnesota Vikings ... a Minnesota state representative who also happens to be a big supporter of the team's drive for a new stadium. Berrian took exception to Rep. John Kriesel poking ...
    NFL
  • The only reason to bench Bernard Berrian (espn.go.com)
    Oct 9, 2011
    I'm sure you'll note that the fan was not just any fan. It was John Kriesel, a Minnesota state representative and war hero who has co-authored the Vikings' stadium initiative. If it had been John Doe instead of John Kriesel, of course, this story never ...
    ESPN.com
  • Republicans join in against marriage ban (mndaily.com)
    Oct 7, 2011
    A group of Minnesota Republicans have joined a coalition ... and four in the House of Representatives voted against it. Among them was Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, who was also a part of the Republican group on Thursday.
    Minnesota Daily
  • Minnesota Republicans join fight against marriage amendment (mndaily.com)
    Oct 7, 2011
    A group of Minnesota Republicans have joined a coalition ... and four in the House of Representatives voted against it. Among them was Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. Kriesel was an outspoken opponent of the amendment in the House, where ...
    Minnesota Daily
  • Some in Minnesota GOP fighting anti-gay marriage amendment (inforum.com)
    Oct 7, 2011
    PAUL – Some well-known Minnesota Republicans announced Thursday that they ... “I’m Republican because I believe in individual liberty and freedom,” Rep. John Kriesel said. “I believe this is an attack on that.” The Cottage Grove ...
    INFORUM
  • Republicans join in against marriage ban (mndaily.com)
    Oct 6, 2011
    A group of Minnesota Republicans have joined a coalition ... and four in the House of Representatives voted against it. Among them was Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, who was also a part of the Republican group on Thursday.
    Minnesota Daily
  • Rep. Kriesel joins some in GOP to fight anti-gay marriage amendment (swcbulletin.com)
    Oct 6, 2011
    PAUL -- Some well-known Minnesota Republicans announced Thursday that they ... “I’m Republican because I believe in individual liberty and freedom,” Rep. John Kriesel said. “I believe this is an attack on that.” The Cottage Grove ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Rep. Kriesel joins some in GOP to fight anti-gay marriage amendment (swcbulletin.com)
    Oct 6, 2011
    PAUL -- Some well-known Minnesota Republicans announced Thursday that they ... “I’m Republican because I believe in individual liberty and freedom,” Rep. John Kriesel said. “I believe this is an attack on that.” The Cottage Grove ...
    South Washington County Bulletin
  • Bernard Berrian is not so great at taking a joke (sports.yahoo.com)
    Oct 6, 2011
    The fan, John Kriesel, also happens to be a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Berrian didn't know any of that when clicking "send" on his angry tweet, of course. He later apologized and Kriesel took it in stride, but by then, the situation ...
    YAHOO!
  • Bernard Berrian is not so great at taking a joke (sports.yahoo.com)
    Oct 6, 2011
    The fan, John Kriesel, also happens to be a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Berrian didn't know any of that when clicking "send" on his angry tweet, of course. He later apologized and Kriesel took it in stride, but by then, the situation ...
    YAHOO!
  • Sports briefs: USD football team moves into top 20 (argusleader.com)
    Oct 4, 2011
    ... to engage in a Twitter tete-a-tete with a Minnesota legislator trying to get the Vikings a new stadium? Apparently not, given that receiver Bernard Berrian called State Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, on Monday morning, intending to apologize.
    Argus Leader
  • Berrian, state legislator trade blows over Twitter (sacbee.com)
    Oct 4, 2011
    ... to engage in a Twitter tete-a-tete with a Minnesota legislator trying to get the Vikings a new stadium? Apparently not, given that receiver Bernard Berrian called State Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, on Monday morning, intending to apologize.
    Sacramento Bee
  • Bernard Berrian tells amputee war veteran to ‘sit down n shut up’ on Twitter (sports.yahoo.com)
    Oct 3, 2011
    After the game, Berrian happened to catch a tweet from a Vikings fan by the name of John Kriesel ... double amputee and an Iraqi war veteran, which Kriesel indeed is. Kriesel is also a Minnesota state representative, which probably doesn't help the ...
    YAHOO!
  • Bernard Berrian tells amputee war veteran to ‘sit down n shut up’ on Twitter (sports.yahoo.com)
    Oct 3, 2011
    After the game, Berrian happened to catch a tweet from a Vikings fan by the name of John Kriesel ... double amputee and an Iraqi war veteran, which Kriesel indeed is. Kriesel is also a Minnesota state representative, which probably doesn't help the ...
    YAHOO!
  • Bernard Berrian gets in Twitter fight with Rep. John Kriessel (blogs.citypages.com)
    Oct 3, 2011
    John Kriesel ... in which the representative expresses his support for a new stadium and the Purple and Gold in general. "Of course, being a Vikings fan, I understand how important the team is to Minnesota," Kriesel said. "They're a huge cultural asset ...
    Minneapolis City Pages (blog)
  • Berrian gets into heated Twitter exchanges (thepalmbeachtimes.com)
    Oct 3, 2011
    Berrian got into a Twitter feud with a few fans, including one Minnesota representative who has been a proponent ... That prompted a response from Minnesota Rep. John Kriesel (@johnkriesel) from District 57A, who wrote on his Twitter account, “If you ...
    Scout.com
  • Local delegation makes pitch for bridge in Washington D.C, (piercecountyherald.com)
    Sep 25, 2011
    Washington County Board of Commissioners Chairman Gary Kriesel, Stillwater Deputy Mayor Jim Rousch, Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop owner Cory Buettner, Iron Workers Local 512 representative Troy Seboin, Coalition Executive Director Mike Wilhelmi ...
    Pierce County Herald
  • Stillwater bridge backers make their case in D.C. (rivertowns.net)
    Sep 21, 2011
    Washington County Board of Commissioners Chairman Gary Kriesel, Stillwater Deputy Mayor Jim Rousch, Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop owner Cory Buettner, Iron Workers Local 512 representative Troy Seboin, Coalition Executive Director Mike Wilhelmi ...
    RiverTowns.net
  • Officials, business owners go to D.C. to make case for new Stillwater Bridge (twincities.com)
    Sep 21, 2011
    Eighteen officials and business leaders from Minnesota and Wisconsin are in Washington ... as well as the business community on Main Street, that we send a representative here," Buettner said Tuesday in a phone interview from Washington.
    Pioneer Press
  • Officials, business owners go to D.C. to make case for new Stillwater Bridge (twincities.com)
    Sep 21, 2011
    Eighteen officials and business leaders from Minnesota and Wisconsin are in Washington ... as well as the business community on Main Street, that we send a representative here," Buettner said Tuesday in a phone interview from Washington.
    Pioneer Press
  • Officials, business owners go to D.C. to make case for new Stillwater Bridge (twincities.com)
    Sep 21, 2011
    Eighteen officials and business leaders from Minnesota and Wisconsin are in Washington ... as well as the business community on Main Street, that we send a representative here," Buettner said Tuesday in a phone interview from Washington.
    Pioneer Press
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center to Close After 102 Years (abcnews.go.com)
    Jul 27, 2011
    John Kriesel woke up at Walter Reed in December 2006 ... now a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and book author. "They teach you that your life's not over; it's just beginning." Kriesel spent nine months at the hospital, where ...
    ABC News
  • Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt dies shortly after DADT Repeal! (gaysocialites.com)
    Jul 6, 2011
    ... reminds us of Minnesota state Republican Representative John Kriesel, an Iraq veteran who lost both of his legs in war and came back to the mainland to vote for equal rights on behalf of all Americans—now that’s what we call a real freedom fighter!
    Gaysocialites.com
  • Minnesota soldier awarded Purple Heart (msnbc.msn.com)
    Jun 17, 2011
    SAN ANTONIO, Tex. -- Thursday Representative John Kriesel flew to Texas to present the Purple Heart to Private First Class Jack Zimmerman. Zimmerman is a native of Cleveland, Minnesota. He lost both of his legs while serving in Afhanistan. Rep. Kriesel ...
    msnbc.com

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