Former MN House Speaker Dies 07 Jan 14

Former Minnesota House Speaker Rod Searle, who led the chamber when it was evenly split, has died at age 93. The Waseca farmer had been afflicted by heart complications and died on Sunday at his home. The moderate Republican served 24 years in the Legislature, including one session when he was elected speaker. It came when Democrats and Republicans each held 67 seats and had to strike a power sharing deal to move ahead. The split was broken during a special election later that year. Searle was born in New Jersey and moved to Minnesota in 1947.