My name is Dale Menk and I am running for election to the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 10A. Over the last several years, I have come to the conclusion that there are voices in our communities that are simply not being heard. That is why I am running. I believe that a representative owes it to the people in their district to listen to and consider all viewpoints. The decisions made by our legislators in St. Paul affect all of us, and to marginalize some people because they hold different political or religious views is wrong. I also think that the growing divisions along party lines have become an impediment to good government. Politicians have grown so concerned with pushing their own agendas that working for the good of all has fallen by the wayside. The polarization that has developed in government over the last decade has contributed to an all or nothing attitude that leads to a dead end. I believe that we need legislators in the Capitol who are willing to work together for the good of all Minnesotans. If I am elected, I will work to build relationships with my fellow legislators, find common ground and build from there. As representative it will be my honor and privilege to serve you in The Minnesota House. I will strive to be YOUR voice in our government.
I have lived in the Lakes Area nearly my entire life. My dad, then a single father working as a mechanic, moved to Brainerd when I was very young. My earliest memories are of living in Brainerd. Later, we lived in Nisswa on Lake Edna, and eventually Pine River, where I graduated from Pine River-Backus High School in 1996. I moved to Brainerd nearly 20 years ago, and have lived here ever since. In that time I have worked in manufacturing, as a doorman and bartender at a local bar, at a cabinet shop, and as a satellite installation tech. Currently I work for a local family owned building construction company that hired me on over 13 years ago.
Almost 15 years ago, I had the good fortune of meeting my wife, Trisha. Together, we have six children (hers, mine, and ours). It has been, and still is the greatest experience of my life building a family together. Trisha works as a pharmacy technician at a locally owned pharmacy in Brainerd. Together, we work to provide our children the best oppotunities that we can.
I am proud to call the Brainerd Lakes Area my home. This is where I live, work and play, and I can't imagine living anywhere else. That is why, if I am elected, I will work to help make this a better place for all who make this area their home.
Lifelong Minnesota resident.
Graduate of Pine River-Backus High School.
Carpenter at a locally owned building construction company.
Proud father in a blended family that has been together for 15 years.
Strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.
Strong supporter of the LGBTQ community.
Hobbies include BMX racing, deer and small game hunting, wood working, shooting, and just getting out in the woods exploring.