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State Rep. Kerry Gauthier of Duluth testifies in front of the House Veterans Services Division. Also testifying in favor of a bill to reduce veteran homelessness are Reps. Kathy Lohmer of Lake Elmo and Terry Morrow of St. Peter. Lohmer and Gautheir are first-year lawmakers. (Minnesota House photo)

Kieffer, Lohmer, Lillie settling in at Capitol

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ST. PAUL -- Some say first-year legislators are best served listening and learning, but that is not in the gene pool for the Minnesota Legislature's 2011 rookie class.


Two months into their first legislative session, many of the 24 senators and 36 representatives serving their first terms have gained the attention of party leadership.

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