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Kevin Habeck of Woodbury, center, sells a fishing license Wed-nesday to Gov. Tim Pawlenty. The governor said he will be in touch with state lawmakers this weekend, although he will be fishing near the Canadian border. Tribune photo by Don Davis

With 4 days left, officials, gov., finding themselves at impasse

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ST. PAUL -- Four days remain for Minnesota lawmakers to balance the state budget, but little progress was evident Wednesday as they debated the second major bill in three days headed to a governor's veto.

Also Wednesday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty bought a fishing license before this weekend's Governor's Fishing Opener, not hampered by budget balancing talks. Later, Pawlenty hosted legislative leaders in the day's only high-level negotiations.

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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.
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