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Sen. Katie Sieben of Cottage Grove, left, keeps her hands on the wheel Tuesday while driving instructor Todd Cook uses his hands to illustrate driving techniques that help motorists conserve gasoline. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Legislators get a firsthand look into eco-friendly driving


ST. PAUL -- Katie Sieben sat behind the wheel of a shiny new car, looking ahead to a traffic light.

"So I'm going to accelerate going up to the light?" she asked Todd Cook, teaching the Minnesota state senator about environmentally friendly driving.

"Shoot," Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, said before Cook could respond.

The light was yellow well before she hit the intersection, but she made it through before seeing red. Barely.

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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.