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In 1979 Jean began attending William Mitchell at night and got her law degree in 1983. She was one of the first eight law clerks at the then brand new Court of Appeals. When her clerkship was over, she was hired as a staff attorney for the court.

In 1985, a group of neighbors in south Minneapolis asked her to run for an open seat in the Minnesota House. You can read about her record as a legislator in "The issues".

Jean’s husband, Dwight, left his long time position on the Attorney General’s staff to attend United Theological Seminary. He graduated and has now developed a social justice ministry. He co-chairs the Board of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light which is working to stem global warming. Peter is Minneapolis Mayor Hodges’s Policy Director. His wife Mandy works for the Bush Foundation. They have a new daughter, Tallulah. Stuart, his wife Gretel, and their children, Per and Hattie, live in Highland Park , Illinois, where Stuart is a conservation ecologist at the Chicago Botanic Garden where he heads the Echinacea Project. He is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University. Gretel continues her work with the Echinacea Project and The Nature Conservancy.

Jean and Dwight still spend some of their free time at their farm but now Stuart and Gretel use the fields for experimental plots for their studies of native prairies. Check out echinaceaproject.org/. Jean and Dwight have happily become laborers in this endeavor.

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