(Video) Hagedorn to challenge Walz in Minnesota's 1st Congressional Dist.

WKBT - WINONA, Minn. - [Click here to watch] A Minnesota republican is seeking a rematch against Representative Tim Walz. Jim Hagedorn announced his intention to run for the 1st Congressional District seat in 2016.

Hagedorn ran against Walz last year losing by about 8%.

He says since Walz has been in office, some key issues have gotten worse including the debate over frac sand mining.

"Extremist environmentalist are out to try to destroy fracking and try to destroy the production of oil and gas as best they can and so I'm on the other side. I believe that we need to open up these areas and we need to use the technology that's out there. I believe it's safe and effective and environmentally friendly," said Hagedorn.

He is the first republican to announce his candidacy in the district.