In high school, Mike was a member of the school debate team –taking home the state championship in 1980 on behalf of Chaska.

Mike’s experience in policy debate was so formative to his budding career in politics that years later, he would become one of the founders of the Minnesota Urban Debate League (MNUDL), a private program created to fund debate teams in urban schools. The program, now operated by Augsburg College, currently serves more than 750 students at 39 partner schools throughout the state.

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