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Helmut Schmidt, Published March 14 2012

Phil Hansen to announce political intentions in Minnesota Senate District 4

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Phil Hansen, a former standout college and National Football League player, plans a series of stops Thursday tied to a potential run for the District 4 state Senate seat.

Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, has held the seat since 1980. He isn’t seeking re-election.

Rep. Ken Eken, D-Twin Valley, has already announced he will be seeking election to the District 4 Senate seat.

Hansen on Wednesday declined to say if he would definitely seek the seat. He also would not say if he would run as a Republican or a Democrat if he were to become a candidate.

The appearances Hansen has planned today include stops at:

• 10 a.m. in Detroit Lakes at La Barista, 808 Washington Ave.

• 1 p.m. in Moorhead at Scheels, 505 Center Ave.

• 3:45 p.m. in Ada at Dekko Community Center, 107 4th Ave. E.

In a written statement, Hansen said he will “announce plans to start a new chapter in my career, and give back to (the) place I love and call home.”

Hansen, 43, lives in Detroit Lakes. He officiates high school football and works as a color commentator for his alma mater, North Dakota State University.

He grew up on a farm in Oakes, N.D.

As a defensive lineman at NDSU, he played on two Division II national championship teams.

He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round in 1991.

He played on three of the Bills teams that made it to the Super Bowl during his 11-year NFL career. He was inducted into the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame in September.

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Forum reporter Wendy Reuer contributed to this report.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583