Win Borden, ex-state senator, lawyer, dies at 70

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Winston “Win” Borden, a DFL state senator in the 1970s from Brainerd who later was imprisoned for failure to pay taxes, has died. He was 70.

Nelson-Doran Funeral Home confirms Borden died Monday evening at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. The funeral home did not know the cause of death.

Borden drew a following late in life for contemplative Facebook postings structured as a dialogue with his old kitchen stove.

Borden’s first win at the polls was in 1970, when he upset state Sen. Gordon Rosenmeier. In 1978, Borden resigned to accept a leadership role with the Minnesota Association of Commerce and Industry, forerunner of the Minnesota Chamber.

In 2004, Borden was convicted of failing to file federal income tax returns and served about a year in prison.

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