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Bev Schillinger shovels snow from in front of the Minnesota Capitol Wednesday, getting ready for the start of the 2010 legislative session less than a day later. The session begins today, and must end no later than May 17. (Don Davis/St. Paul Bureau)

Legislative session promises to be challenging

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators return to the state Capitol today for a session that promises little fun.

Like kids who get clothes for Christmas, lawmakers will deal with the necessities, not the luxuries. And, frankly, there is but one overriding necessity on their minds: balance the state budget.


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