Analysis: Curtain closes on legislative session

With the rancorous legislative session in their rearview, the state's political leaders tried to sum up the legislative session as it drew to a close this week.
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The state's political leaders tried to sum up the legislative session as it drew to a close this week. The Bemidji Pioneer reported that Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers said the Vikings stadium issue took up too much time and energy, and offered this analysis.

Here's a fun A-to-Z look at the session.

Gov. Mark Dayton and Zellers had opposite opinions on how the session went.

The end of the session was punctuated by the news that long-time colorful Rep. Tom Rukavina was retiring. The Duluth News-Tribune had this take.

Now what?

With the rancorous partisan legislative session in their rearview, lawmakers are turning their sights on their campaigns to return for more next year. The intense, multimillion-dollar campaign for control of the Legislature is on. Read more in the Star-Tribune.

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