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State Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, meets with Ridgewater College faculty and staff at the Willmar campus. Ru-kavina, chairman of a higher education finance committee, wanted to hear their views on the state's budget cuts. Tribune photo by Linda Vanderwerf

'Character' Rep. Rukavina retiring from Minn. Legislature

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature's most colorful member is retiring, in part because of a new and politically divisive mood pervading the Capitol.

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Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, announced Friday he is not running for re-election. Republicans and Democrats alike immediately mourned the loss.

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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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