NORTH MANKATO — A recent North Mankato transplant plans to announce his campaign to replace U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, DFL-1st District, next month.

Military veteran Dan Feehan, 34, has been rumored to be running for more than a month after the Wall Street Journal identified him last month as one of 15 veterans seeking Democratic nominations in House races across the U.S. Feehan is a native Minnesotan who grew up in Red Wing.

In an email to The Free Press, Feehan confirmed he will announce his candidacy July 10.

Feehan served in the U.S. Army from 2005 to 2009. He served in two tours of Iraq, where he earned the Bronze Star for Service, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor and the Ranger Tab. Feehan also served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness.

He will join a number of Democrats across southern Minnesota who have already announced their candidacies, as well as some still mulling a run. Former state Sen. Vicki Jensen of Owatonna, John Austinson of Byron, Johnny Akzam of Rochester and Colin Minehart of Albert Lea have all announced runs.

Others, such as Joe Sullivan of Mankato and Sen. Nick Frentz, DFL-North Mankato, are also considering potential campaigns. Frentz said Thursday he was leaning against running for the U.S. House seat.

On the Republican side, only Jim Hagedorn of Blue Earth has announced a campaign. Other Republicans reportedly considering running include Olmsted County Chair Aaron Miller, Rep. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, Rep. Joe Shoemacker, R-Luverne, and Rep. Nels Pierson, R-Rochester.

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