State Sen. Gary Kubly Of Granite Falls Dies At 68

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — A lawmaker says state Sen. Gary Kubly of Granite Falls, who was diagnosed last year with Lou Gehrig’s disease, has died. He was 68.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk says Kubly’s family told him the senator died Friday.

Kubly was also a Lutheran minister who often led the Senate in its opening prayer.

He was hospitalized at Regions Hospital in St. Paul on Wednesday after suffering cardiac-like symptoms.

Gov. Mark Dayton said he was saddened to learn of Kubly’s passing. Dayton described Kubly as a dedicated public servant and an outstanding leader.

“He lived his life with quiet strength and principled dignity, as evidenced by the remarkable courage with which he faced his final illness,” Dayton said. “He is an inspiration to all of us, who knew and worked with him.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she was with Kublyand family last month.

“He served his rural district like he served his church, always listening and quietly getting things done,” Klobuchar said. “My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Pat and his family.”

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  • Val

    How rude… I cannot imagine someone saying anything like this… You need to sit back and think about what you just said…. Gary was a great man and leader.. We will all say a prayer for you…. expressing our sympathys to Garys family and friends in congress.

    • Gary

      Val why don’t you have another doughnut!

      • Val


  • Pete

    Unlike Gary or Stan Sen. Kubly was a decent Minnesotan !

  • Robert

    I am shocked and sad to hear the passing of our personal family friend and Pastor, Gary Kubly. Although being a Senator took much of his time, he took the time to be with our family during the passing of our Mother. He was a very kind, soft spoken man and will be missed by many. Thank You Pastor Gary for being there for us!

  • Bryan

    I first met Sen Kubly in 2005 when my Guard unit was preparing for their first deployment. At the farewell ceremony while the rest of the politicians were ensuring they would be able to speak on stage in front of the cameras and reporters, Sen Kubly graciously volunteered to speak to the troops privately. His only concern was that the Soldiers understand how proud of them he and the people he represented were and that they would do everything in their power to ensure their families were taken care of while the unit was deployed. Senator Kuby was a true servant of the people and a class act. Unfortunately, the State will be less civil and unselfish without him. He will be missed.

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