State Sen. Linda Scheid, DFL-Brooklyn Park, has impressed us Capitol watchers for 31 years as a quietly prodigious lawmaker and an independent thinker. During the six years in which she has intermittently battled ovarian cancer, we’ve also admired her strength and positive spirit.
Scheid’s announcement Friday that she has discontinued chemotherapy and entered hospice care gives us a chance to say so, and gives Minnesotans a chance to thank her for a lifetime of public service.
Scheid, 68, served a term in the Minnesota House in the mid-1970s, then came back to the Capitol for the long haul in January 1983. In 1996, she moved from the House to the Senate, where she specialized in complex financial regulation and consumer protection law.
Much of her work was done outside the limelight; some of it bucked her party’s orthodoxy. She sought results, not acclaim or political promotion.
When illness finally interrupted her long career this spring, her absence was widely felt at the Capitol. So was the respect in which she is held.
Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune columnist and editorial writer.