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DAVID TOMASSONI

Tomassoni, an independent lawmaker from Chisholm, was first elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 1992. He revealed his diagnosis with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2021, and continued to serve as a senator.
From the editorial: "Tomassoni has been standing up for the Iron Range and its interests for 30 years. It's no surprise he has been doing all he can now to help others stricken with ALS."
Tomassoni: 'It may not happen in my lifetime, but the future needs to be full of hope that the next generations will be ALS free.'
The independent from Chisholm will not seek reelection for his current term representing District 6, which ends Jan. 3, 2023.

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Charlotte Tomassoni, 69, of Chisholm, was arrested Sunday night for domestic assault.
In a letter published in the Mesabi Tribune, Tomassoni wrote that he has been facing the disease for "a while now."
As soon as he was re-elected, Tomassoni declared himself independent.
From the editorial: "Against a backdrop of pandemic and political peculiarity this year, the Minnesota Legislature has serious matters that demand attention and resolution."
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Iron Range senators created an independent caucus in the name of serving their constituents

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The two correctional facilities are the smallest in the state, but valued all the same, the state senator said.

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