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Rep. Kriesel marriage ad prompts R-rated Twitter war

Cottage Grove Republican Rep. John Kriesel and Minnesota Senate GOP legislative assistant Bob Koss got into a profanity-laced, digital shouting match over the retiring lawmaker's appearance in an anti-amendment television ad.
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Cottage Grove Republican Rep. John Kriesel and Minnesota Senate GOP legislative assistant Bob Koss got into a profanity-laced, digital shouting match over the retiring lawmaker's appearance in an anti-amendment television ad.

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