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ST. PAUL -- Rep. Tom Rukavina walked through the crowd during a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial service and noticed most of the flags were made in China, Pakistan or someplace else other than the United States.


"If anything should be made in the United States, it should be the American flag," he said.

So began the Virginia, Minn., Democrat's quest to require all American flags sold in Minnesota to be made in this country. And 2007 could be the year he wins.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.