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State economist to retire after 26 years

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The longest-serving state economist in Minnesota history drew a lot of attention Monday when he unveiled this number: 26. That's the grand total of years Tom Stinson has served in his job – and this year will be his last, he announced.

Stinson, 70, plans to continue working in the economics department at the University of Minnesota, the Associated Press reported.

Laura Kalambokidis, another economics professor at the U of M, will take over for Stinson and be Minnesota's first female state economist, officials said.

Stinson has been responsible for analyzing state and federal economic data and applying those trends with state government spending patterns, MPR notes.

He has been a high-profile state figure, especially in February and November when he released state budget forecasts, which the governor and state lawmakers use to craft the framework of the state budget.

MPR also notes that while Stinson has a dry delivery style, he has a wry sense of humor, including a sense of humor about being
occasionally confused with Tommy Stinson
, the bassist for the former Minnesota band The Replacements.

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