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Former state legislator in Hastings area dies at the age of 100

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When Walter Klaus celebrated his 100th birthday last April, the topic of redistricting came up. In another gathering it might have been idle political banter, but for Klaus it was serious business. He had some ideas.

Klaus, who moved to Hastings four years ago, was a Minnesota Representative for 14 years and an active participant in redistricting discussions for much longer than that. Both in the House chamber and behind the scenes he helped shape Minnesota politics for decades.

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