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Tom Emmer, right, talks with Kent Meschke, president of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, at a Little Falls-area turkey facility in this undated photo. Emmer, the Republican-endorsed candidate for governor, says his sister's death has transformed his life and attitude, and is a driving force in his election bid. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Emmer uses sister's death as inspiration to seek office

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ST. PAUL - Agonizing pain overwhelmed Tom Emmer's 38-year-old sister as she lie in bed, but she was too weak to get up. So Emmer moved her legs over the side of the bed, lifted her up and moved her around the room to keep her as comfortable as the woman dying of cancer could be.


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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.