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Legislators remember Sen. Kubly

ST. PAUL -- Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem walked across the front of the Minnesota Senate chamber Monday, pausing at a desk decorated with flowers and a photo of Sen. Gary Kubly.

"He was a great guy," Senjem said about the Granite Falls lawmaker who died Friday. "We will really miss him."

The desk is where Kubly sat this year, as Lou Gehrig's disease drained his energy.

Senjem, a Rochester Republican, said senators respected Democrat Kubly. "Gary Kubly never had a cross word about anybody."

Senjem canceled all Senate meetings for Wednesday and House Speaker Kurt Zellers called off all House proceedings until 4:30 p.m. so lawmakers may attend Kubly's Granite Falls funeral.

Senate Chaplain the Rev. Phil Shaw opened the Senate session by praying that Kubly's family receive comfort.

Kubly, 68, died in a St. Paul hospital Friday after suffering a medical problem Wednesday morning. He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease, also known as ALS, in 2010 and his health gradually failed since then.

Kubly, who was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, was a Lutheran pastor. He served in the Minnesota Legislature since 1997.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Granite Falls Lutheran Church. Visitation is to be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church and an hour prior to the service.

Don Davis reports for Forum Communications Co.