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Sen. Michelle Fischbach of Paynesville becomes the first women Minnesota Senate president when lawmakers return to the Capitol Jan. 4. The Woodbury native's Republican colleagues picked her for the job because of her knowledge about legislative rules.

Woodbury native named president of state Senate

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ST. PAUL -- Sen. Michelle Fischbach is prepared to assume the Minnesota Senate presidency, the first women in that position, bringing a long background in making sure legislative rules are followed.


Much of her work will involve making sure rules are followed, something that has concerned her for years.

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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.