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Sen. Julie Rosen is building a new home in Mendota, just a few minutes from the Capitol. Does this mean the third-term Republican senator from Fairmont is planning a move to the city, and therefore out of her seat in the Legislature?

Sen. Rosen building second home near the Capitol

Sen. Julie Rosen's Mendota home

Sen. Julie Rosen's Mendota home

Sen. Julie Rosen is building a new home in Mendota, just a few minutes from the Capitol. Does this mean the third-term Republican senator from Fairmont is planning a move to the city, and therefore out of her seat in the Legislature?

No way, says Rosen: “This is a second home,” she told PIM yesterday. “My residency is in Fairmont.”

Her new place is likely to be the envy of greater Minnesota colleagues who put up at Kellogg Square or the Kelly Inn when the Legislature is in session; the $300,000 parcel sits on a hillside on Sibley Memorial Highway overlooking the river. The home next door is valued at a little over $1 million.

Mendota is roughly 150 miles from Fairmont.

(Steve Perry contributed to this post.)

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7 comments

  1. This type of reporting suggests something untoward being done, and that is not fair.

  2. Maybe then she could return my e-mail messages for an appointment.
    Leslie Davis

  3. There isn’t and won’t be an issue with this as long as the home is, in fact, a “second home” and not a situation akin to GOP Wisconsin State Senator Randy Hopper, who is being castigated in the Wisconsin media for moving to Madison and leaving his district home to his estranged wife. As a state senator, I would hope that Julie Rosen spends most of her non-session time living in her rural Southern Minnesota district among her constituents–the farmers, small town folk and small business people of District 24.

  4. That’s a little condescending Greg. Her district isn’t just full of middling Ma and Pa stores and hobby farmers. She’s also lived there for over 20 years, to pretend she now has lost touch because she is building a house to live in while in the metro (where she probably spends nearly half her time) is unfair. People only care now because she is building a new home, nobody cared when she bought a condo did they?
    Remember, when elected officials are back in their home districts its about quality of time not just quantity of time. Sen. Rosen works her tail off back in the 24 meeting with constituents. She always has and this wont change.

  5. No condescension here, Bob…I don’t recall saying anything about “middling Ma and Pa stores and hobby farmers” or about Sen. Rosen losing touch. I was writing about the “real deal” hard working farmers and small business people of southwestern Minnesota–my home turf for many years. My original comment stands: “There isn’t and won’t be an issue with this as long as the home is, in fact, a “second home.” While the demands of being a legislator can be substantial (even more so for those traveling from Greater Minnesota), the position remains part time, with the bulk of the Saint Paul-based responsibilities occurring during the legislative session, and additional meetings and responsibilities arising throughout the year. A state legislator can and should spend the balance of their time among their constituents. Few legislators exemplified the balance better than former senator Jim Vickerman, who put on countless miles and wore out many vehicles during his 24 years of service to southwestern Minnesota, but still managed to spend the bulk of his time at home among his constituents.

  6. It would be a shame to see the new swimming pool do nothing but collect leaves this summer; especially with the pool facing west with a top ten view of the Minneapolis Skyline and the Mississippi river and of course, ample sun shine.

    I guess in summers, the place will be relegated to tall weeds.

    At this presumed rate of use, the elevator leading from the basement to the fourth floor will never need servicing!

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