LONG PRAIRIE - A longtime central Minnesota state lawmaker has died. Mary Ellen Otremba of Long Prairie died Wednesday at the age of 63.

The DFLer served in the Minnesota House from 1997 until 2010, representing parts of Douglas, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd and Wadena counties.

Mary Ellen Otremba took over the seat when it was left vacant by the death of her husband Ken Otremba.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.

Funeral services have been scheduled for this Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie.