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A loss at the legislature

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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.
(218) 855-5860
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