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U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, right, joins Democratic House candidate Pat Kreitlow at a fundraiser at the St. Croix Marina clubhouse in Hudson on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Kohl is retiring from public office after 24 years in the Senate. Randy Hanson photo

Retiring senator reflects on lengthy public service

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Herbert H. Kohl says he figured out early on in his 24 years in the U.S. Senate that he didn't want to be an ideologue of any sort.

"Wisconsin is a state of tremendous diversity, and dozens and dozens and dozens of legitimate interests -- some of which might be called Democrat, some Republican, but all of them legitimate," Kohl said in a visit to Hudson last week.


The 77-year-old senator will be retiring from public office at the end of the year.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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