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Here's how Rep. Tom Emmer's town hall went

Rep. Emmer had said he would shut down the town hall if there was disruptive behavior.
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Earlier this week, Rep. Tom Emmer said he'd shut down his Wednesday night town hall with voters if things turned disruptive or people started shouting.

But things didn't get to that point last night in Sartell, despite a large crowd and some passionate attendees, according to reports.

The St. Cloud Times reports Emmer, a Republican who calls the Affordable Care Act "fundamentally unworkable and unfair," faced a number of questions about the health care law, with people concerned about what would happen to their insurance if Obamacare is repealed without a replacement.

Emmer though said the increasing premiums need to be addressed, and said states should have more control, the Times reports.

It's the same predicament that's been facing Republican lawmakers around the country. Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas got an earful Wednesday night in his town hall, The Hill reports. At one point, a woman in the audience who supports the Affordable Care Act asked those who had been affected by Obamacare to stand up – prompting most to stand up and cheer.

It was scenes like that in recent weeks that prompted Emmer, who is in his second term representing central Minnesota, to issue that no shouting warning before his event.

And things generally stayed civil, if not a bit tense. You can read detailed write-ups from the St. Cloud TimesWJONMPR News, Star Tribune, WCCO, and Pioneer Press.

And here's some video from WJON:

Town halls

Minnesota's seven other U.S. representatives are also holding town halls – or facing pressure for not holding one.

Northfield News wrote about a town hall in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District for newly elected Rep. Jason Lewis – though it was held without Lewis when he declined to attend, which upset voters.

Groups have also been asking Rep. Erik Paulsen, of the 3rd Congressional District, to hold a town hall Feb. 23, which he hasn't done since 2011, the Sun Sailor wrote. He has been doing calls with groups however.

Rep. Tim Walz (1st Congressional District) is holding a town hall Thursday evening in Rochester. Rep. Betty McCollum, who represents the 4th Congressional District, has a community conversation on climate change Thursday, and another on health care Friday.

Rep. Keith Ellison of the 5th hasn't held one recently – he's busy running for DNC chair, his office told MPR News.

Collin Peterson of the 7th Congressional District doesn't have anything scheduled, and in 2009 he told Politico he doesn't do town halls in part because a quarter of his constituents think the U.S. government was behind 9/11. But he did take part in a candidates' forum last summer, MinnPost said.

And Rep. Rick Nolan of the 8th has a number of upcoming events scheduled as part of his Congress Comes to You effort, though whether Nolan will be at every one in-person isn't said.

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