State Representative Bud Nornes, a Republican from Fergus Falls, announced he will not seek re-election this November after 24 years in the House of Representatives. He had numerous stints chairing House higher education committees during his tenure. Nornes said it was time to focus on spending time with his family, which includes his wife of 58 years, Joyce, their three adult childen and 10 grandchildren scattered over the country. Nornes said in a statement he plans to spend time traveling to see them in an RV.
Nornes spent three decades in the radio business before being elected to the House. He also served a 12-year tenure with the Fergus Falls Board of Education, and also served other civic organizations. As a legislator, Nornes said he was most proud of the work that helped his district, such as enhancing the Glendalough State Park facilities, combating high water problems in Perham, laying out the regional trail from Perham to Pelican Rapids, and constructing the Bigwoods Event Center and the new library in Fergus Falls.