Skoglund to retire at session’s end

State Sen. Wes Skoglund, a longtime member of the Minneapolis legislative delegation, has announced he won't seek reelection this fall.

Skoglund, a DFL veteran who represents District 62, which encompasses several neighborhoods in South Minneapolis, said he plans to step down at the end of the 2006 session to spend more time with his family.

&#8220This decision has not been easy. I have to say with rare exception that I have loved every minute of it, perhaps because I never took the job for granted,” Skoglund wrote in a Jan. 28 letter announcing his decision. &#8220I was brought up to work hard and, if the job was really difficult, to work even harder.”

Skoglund, who was first elected to the Senate in 2002 after serving 13 terms in the House, highlighted his work to secure funding for Minneapolis schools, the Minneapolis Planetarium and airport noise mitigation, among other accomplishments, in his announcement letter.

He also pointed to his efforts to secure state funding for the new Guthrie Theater under construction on Downtown's riverfront. &#8220There would be no new Guthrie Theater had it not been for my ‘cloakroom' actions to override Gov. Ventura's veto,” he wrote.

Additionally, he singled out his work on sex offender community notification legislation and statewide restrictions on smoking in state buildings, hospitals and daycare centers as points of pride.