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Sviggum stepping down from the University of Minnesota Board of regents

The Star Tribune reports Steve Sviggum gave an emotional statement at Thursday's board meeting before handing out his letter of resignation. After Sviggum left, the full board still passed a motion that the former House Speaker needed to choose between his job as communications director for the Senate GOP and his seat on the board.
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The Star Tribune reports Steve Sviggum gave an emotional statement at Thursday's board meeting before handing out his letter of resignation. After Sviggum left, the full board still passed a motion that the former House Speaker needed to choose between his job as communications director for the Senate GOP and his seat on the board.

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