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Rep. Tom Rukavina of Virginia, left, makes a point to Rep. Debra Hillstrom of Brooklyn Center in this October 2010 photo. Rukavina is retiring. (Don Davis/Forum Communications Co., file(

Rukavina retirement saddens all

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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.

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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