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Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook sits with his 16-month-old grandson, Cooper Timothy Bakk, on his lap during the Minnesota Senate's opening session Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Bakk thanked his family during his remarks and said many were at the Capitol Tuesday. (Forum News Service photo by Danielle Killey)

Farm debate marks first day of Minnesota Legislature

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ST. PAUL -- A debate about whether Democratic House leaders are plowing under agriculture interrupted an otherwise ceremonial first day of the 2013 Minnesota Legislature.

Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, took his complaint about what he sees as a move to discredit agriculture to the full House. He said that lumping agriculture funding in with environmental programs, as Democrats did when they took control of the House, will hurt farmers.

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