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Joseph Sathe joined the League on Jan. 22 as the first extern for the Thomas L. Grundhoefer Local Government Externship. The League, in partnership with Mitchell Hamline School of Law, the City of Minnetonka, and Kennedy & Graven Law Firm, created the externship in memory of the late LMC General Counsel Tom Grundhoefer. It is intended to reflect Grundhoefer’s legacy of public service and passionate commitment to local government. It is designed to provide law students with a wide range of experiences and opportunities to learn and observe civil side municipal practitioners and local government experts in an organizational setting, a public law office, and a private law firm that is focused on local government clients. Sathe will spend five weeks with each entity, beginning with the League’s General Counsel Department, moving next to Minnetonka, and finally to Kennedy & Graven.

Sathe is currently attending Mitchell Hamline School of Law. He graduated magna cum laude from Hamline University, where he majored in political science and history and minored in legal studies and philosophy. His work experience includes serving as a member of the Governor’s Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration Committee, serving as executive assistant and policy aide to the General Counsel with Gov. Mark Dayton’s Office, and most recently, serving as the assistant to the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

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Ted Bengtson joined the League on Dec. 26 as the administrative coordinator in the Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) Department. Previously, Bengtson was a legislative assistant for the Minnesota House of Representatives. His prior work experience also includes being a legislative liaison for the Minnesota Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, administrative assistant with the St. Paul Public Schools, and education assistant with the St. Paul Public Schools Community Education. In addition, he was an intern with the League’s IGR Department in 2017. Bengtson earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and community leadership from the University of Minnesota.


Daniel Lightfoot joined the League on Dec. 10 as an Intergovernmental Relations Representative. His background includes working as the government affairs manager for the American Dental Association and before that, as a public policy advisor for the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels in Washington, D.C. At Faegre, Lightfoot worked with several city clients, including the City of Minneapolis. He attended the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, where he completed rigorous coursework in European Government, German language, and European history. He also met with European Union and U.S. Government officials in 10 different European Union countries. Lightfoot later attended the University of Minnesota, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.

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