Veteran to challenge Klobuchar for U.S. Senate seat

Dick Franson, a retired Army veteran, has announced he will run against U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL-Minnesota.

Franson, also a Democrat, was born in Little Falls and raised in South Minneapolis. He served in the Army under eight U.S. Presidents, retiring after 23 years of service in 1989.

Franson has a bachelor of arts degree in public administration, with a minor in Middle East studies; is a 55-year member of the Legion Post 435; is a retired 12th Ward Alderman for Minneapolis; spent 15 years in city service, is a retired U.S. chief appraiser, and a GS-13 with the Veterans Administration. This is Franson’s 26th run for public office, and the seventh time for U.S. Senate.

Franson has three grown children, Terri, Todd and Tim.