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A loss at the legislature


When Minnesota lawmakers convene next January, they’ll do so without Rep. Larry Howes, who has represented parts of Crow Wing, Cass and Hubbard counties since 1998.

The plain-spoken Republican parlayed his moderate demeanor and a bit of good fortune into a 14-year political career, making him the dean of north central Minnesota lawmakers. That’s not bad for someone whose entry into politics was prompted by being dragged to a political caucus by his wife in 1988.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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