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Judge Elizabeth Hayden, center, calls a bench meeting with attorneys for Al Franken and Norm Coleman during the U.S. Senate election trial Friday in St. Paul. Pool photo by Richard Sennott, Star Tribune

Senate trial intrigue lost on observers


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota voters -- and even politically engaged college students -- have little interest in details of the prolonged U.S. Senate election trial, a professor monitoring the proceeding said.

"I think they're lost," Bemidji State University journalism instructor Louise Mengelkoch said Friday. "I don't know anybody who follows it, because it's infuriating."

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