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David Minge was born in Clarkfield, Minnesota, grew up in Worthington, and has lived in Montevideo for the last 25 years. David graduated from St. Olaf College and the University of Chicago Law School. He was an associate at the Faegre and Benson law firm in Minneapolis and taught at the University of Wyoming College of Law. He moved to Montevideo in 1977 and practiced with the law firm of Nelson, Oyen, Torvik, Minge and Gilbertson for 15 years. In 1992, David was elected to Congress to represent Minnesota's Second District and served in this capacity for eight years. Since leaving Congress, David has been involved in a variety of activities including teaching at the University of Minnesota at Morris, fellowships with the Kellogg Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Center, and special projects with the Blandin Foundation and the Minnesota Project. David is married to Karen Aaker Minge, originally of Gaylord, Minnesota. They have two sons, Erik and Olaf, and one grandson.