The costs for Southwest Light Rail just keep on rising. Still, the project hasn't met an important cost-benefit analysis for the people of Minnesota. Compared to other public and private structures we are all familiar with, the costs seem even more astronomical, including the new Vikings Stadium, Mall of America, IDS Center in Minneapolis, newly proposed DFL Senate Office Building and even the Metrodome.
...is a husband, father, businessman, former teacher and leader who is running for governor of Minnesota.
Born April 23, 1972 in Springfield, Minnesota, Seifert grew up as the youngest of six boys on a small family farm near Clements, Minnesota. He is the son of Rita Seifert Holmes and the late Norbert Seifert. His father was a farmer with an 8th grade education and his mother was a teacher and homemaker. He attended grade school at St. Michael's Catholic School in Morgan and graduated from Cedar Mountain High School (Morgan and Franklin) in 1990.
While growing up, Seifert picked rocks, pulled weeds, picked cucumbers on his hands & knees and did various farm jobs to save money for college. He worked at the Dari King in Redwood Falls while in high school and delivered pizzas for Domino's Pizza of Marshall during college in order to work his way through without any government grants.
Seifert gained a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Southwest Minnesota State University in 1995 with a secondary teaching license. From 1995 to 1999, he taught civics, history, geography and law at Marshall Public Senior High School.
From 1999 to 2006, Seifert was an Admissions Counselor at Southwest Minnesota State University, with a focus on recruiting and retaining students at the university. With his wife Traci, he is co-owner of Seifert Properties, LLC in Marshall and Redwood Falls.
From 1997 to 2011, Seifert served in the Minnesota House of Representatives representing Lyon, Redwood and Yellow Medicine Counties. He was re-elected by large margins, always winning re-election by over 20 points. He was the leading GOP vote recipient on the ticket in each of his elections, winning strong, bipartisan support from Independents and moderate to conservative DFLers. The legislative district formerly represented by Seifert was frequently won by DFLers, including President Bill Clinton, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congressman Collin Peterson, Attorney General Lori Swanson and others. He is seen by many as having the ability to hold principled beliefs, but attract non-Republicans to vote for him.
In 2010, Seifert retired from the House of Representatives after fourteen years. He obtained his real estate license and has chiefly been a buyer's agent for Real Estate Retrievers in Marshall. Seifert was also hired in 2010 to be Executive Director of the Avera Marshall Foundation. In his role, he built a successful Grateful Patient Program for this regional hospital, a Grateful Family Program for the Morningside Heights Care Center, oversaw an employee giving campaign, increased attendance at events and successfully raised millions of dollars for the new Avera Cancer Institute Marshall, which conducted its groundbreaking in October 2013.
He has been a member of Marshall Noon Rotary, the Lyon County Historical Society, the Marshall Chamber of Commerce Industrial Committee, Shades of the Past Car Club, the Southwest Minnesota State University Alumni Association, the National Rifle Association, the Sons of the American Legion, a counselor for the American Legion Boys State Program, Cub Scouts, The National Association of REALTORS, The Minnesota Association of REALTORS, the West Central Association of REALTORS, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and Catholic United Financial.
He enjoys being part of his son and daughter’s activities and spending time with family. Seifert is a self-described "wrench-head" who collects antique automobiles and numerous antique gasoline engines.
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