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Former senator, farmer Win Borden dies


Win Borden, a former state senator whose career saw both great success and serious setbacks, died Monday, Jan. 20, at age 70. In recent years he lived, farmed and wrote from the 1929 wood-heated farmhouse he was raised in near Merrifield.

Borden’s first win at the polls was in 1970, when the 26-year-old upset Sen. Gordon Rosenmeier of Little Falls, a true power in the Senate.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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