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State's new leaders must build bridges

Jan 06, 2019 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

When the gavel sounds Tuesday to open the 2019 legislative session, Minnesota's newly elected leaders will have a rare opportunity to lead the nation in governance.

Remarkably, the last election left Minnesota as the only state in the country with a divided legislature - a DFL House and a GOP Senate. As such, political leaders here have an opportunity to demonstrate that competing viewpoints don't have to end in gridlock and shutdown.

That hasn't always been the case in Washington, n...