Duane Sauke has been a neighbor in MN House District 25B for over 25 years residing in Viking Hills behind Shopko north. Prior to being elected in 2016, Duane was most recently a local business owner and leader in the community serving on the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce from 1999-2011. Duane’s background in business, real estate, education and the Rochester community continues to successfully inform mutual resolutions that are best for District 25B.
Duane grew up on a share-crop farm south of Alden in rural south-central Minnesota. Duane, along with his family of father, mother, two brothers and a sister, learned strong work ethic living on this classic, small farm of the 50’s and 60’s which included dairy cattle, hogs, chickens, and crops.
After completing high school in 1967, Duane attended Luther College on scholarships, grants and a small amount of loans. During his time at Luther College, Duane met his wife, Debra Sauke. Duane then started his active duty in 1971 in the National Guard. Duane and Deb married in 1972. Upon the conclusion of his service in the National Guard, Duane started his teaching career as a band instructor in Southeast Iowa in January 1972. Duane worked as a public school band director in Lee Co, IA, Vinton, IA, Urbana, IA, and finally landed back in Minnesota in Rochester’s neighboring community of Elgin. During that time Duane was often a faculty leader, education community leader and negotiated a number of contracts as part of the teacher union. As times and skills changed, Duane served as a 1/2 technology integration coordinator for curriculum and 1/2 band director during the last two years of teaching.
After retiring from teaching in 1988, Duane entered the field of real estate sales and brokerage. From 1988 to 1995 Duane was engaged in real estate sales and leadership as Rochester Association of REALTORS President and consultant to a software designer for the local real estate industry. In 1995, Duane became the managing Broker for RE/MAX of Rochester. Through hard work and dedication, Duane continued to advance as a partner and in 2007 became sole owner and managing broker of the largest real estate company in the southeast Minnesota region. During this period, Duane served on the local and state REALTOR Association Board of Directors and served as President of the local and state REALTORS Association. As he continued his career as a successful business owner, Duane also served on the state and national REALTORS Ethics and Professional Standards Committee.