On Tuesday, Yvonne Simon, co-owner of Crystal Collection Reindeer farm North of Lake Crystal, announced her candidacy for Minnesota House for House District 23B.

Simon has worked for the Minnesota Farm Bureau as the Area Program Director for an area that includes Blue Earth, Watonwan, and Le Sueur counties.

Simon is also a former teacher in the Madelia Public Schools. She and her husband have lived in Blue Earth County for more than 40 years.

“I am so excited to announce my candidacy to serve our district communities in the Minnesota Legislature,” said Simon. “Our communities face many challenges. We need a new set of eyes and talents to take those challenges on. I am a problem solver and, when I’m not helping to run our reindeer farming business, I want to work to help ensure that the needs of our local farmers, businesses and our community members are heard. I want to take my leadership skills to the Capitol to speak on behalf of our communities within the district. We need strong, locally focused leadership who will help our area recover from the COVID shutdowns” and other challenges facing us at this time.

Simon lives in Lake Crystal with her husband, Daryl, who serves on the Farmed Cervid Advisory Task Force for the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.