Republican state Rep. Rob Eastlund of Isanti won't be running for another term.

The property manager and farmer announced in a letter to constituents Thursday that he would be leaving the Legislature after a decade.

“Serving as a state representative in the Minnesota House has been the most challenging, the most difficult and demanding and at the same time one of the most rewarding experiences of my life," Eastlund wrote. "I have gained the utmost respect for the institution and all the wonderful people who serve there. Even though it is difficult to leave, looking back, there is really nothing I would change, but I am looking forward to returning to a more normal life outside of politics."

 

Before winning a seat in the Legislature, Eastlund, a Cambridge native, spent 12 years on the Cambridge-Isanti School Board. Sports fans might recall he once played lineman on the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher football team. In later years, he coached football at Cambridge-Isanti.

Eastlund represents District 17A, wich includes the cities of Cambridge and Isanti, north of the Twin Cities.

 

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