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State Capitol is busy, even in the off season


Forty minutes early for an appointment in St. Paul on Thursday, I was looking for a bagel. I parked near the Minnesota State Capitol thinking I could find one in the Capitol’s Rathskeller where lawmakers, lobbyists and staff members grab a bite to eat during the legislative session.

My detour to our lawmakers’ place of business was an eye-opener. Even when the Legislature is not in session, I learned, the Capitol is a happening place.

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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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