Minnesota lost a great friend last Friday.

Senator Gary Kubly represented seven prairie counties of west-central Minnesota that straddled both sides of the Minnesota River. He was universally and sincerely well-liked and respected on both sides of the aisle both in his sprawling district and inside the State Capitol – no small feat for any elected official.

Back in 2002, redistricting created a district that gave Kubly a chance to make the switch from the Minnesota House, where he was elected in 1996, to the state senate.

Along with Ellen Parrault, later of Politically Direct, I traveled the district with Gary in July of ’02 to visit with farmers, owners of small businesses, wind farmers, EMS, health care workers and citizens gathered in coffee shops and on the street. All the images, except from those inside the Capitol at the beginning of this gallery, were shot with Kodachrome on my old Nikon.