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Former state Rep. Rukavina joins Nolan's staff

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Fiery former state Rep. Tom Rukavina, who retired after 26 years in the Minnesota House, has a new job on the staff of newly elected U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan.

“You didn’t really think I could stay retired, did you? I needed something to keep me out of trouble,” Rukavina told the Duluth News Tribune. Rukavina will be a part-time, paid “district liaison” who will focus on mining, timber, tourism and other Iron Range issues, the newspaper reported.

Nolan told Uptake that he was delighted to have Rukavina, known for his sharp wit, combative style and vast knowledge of the Iron Range.

The new job for Rukavina comes just a few months after a send-off roast in his honor.

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