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Sand in the gears

If DFL majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate are to act on the brewing issue of frac sand extraction, they will first have to overcome internal differences that yawn as large as an open-pit mine.

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DFL leaders talk priorities, budget

House Speaker Paul Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk gave what Bakk called the “35,000 foot view” of their priorities this session in a news conference Wednesday afternoon, with few specific details on how they will balance a projected $1.1 billion budget deficit or find the funds to invest in their priorities.

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DFL majorities pick their leaders

Close on the heels of Tuesday’s election, members of the new DFL House and Senate majorities gathered behind closed doors on Thursday to elect their leaders. As expected, the minority leaders who helped steer Democrats back into control — Rep. Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, and Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook — were elevated to House speaker and Senate majority leader.

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Housley tries for GOP hold in SD 39

Karin Housley’s route into Minnesota politics has been anything but typical. In 2010, the real estate agent and wife of NHL hall of famer Phil Housley ran a close race against incumbent DFL Sen. Katie Sieben in Senate District 57, losing by only 606 votes.

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