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With her family on one side and Gov. Mark Dayton on the other, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith accepts Dayton's appointment of her to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Tribune Editorial: Minnesota politics just got more interesting for 2018
18 hours 15 min ago
December 14, 2017
In this 2015 photo, Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is pictured talking in Brainerd. Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Smith to the U.S. Senate as a replacement for Al Franken, who will resign after allegations of sexual harassment. File photo / Forum News Service.
Legal battle erupts with appointment to replace Al Franken
December 14, 2017 - 3:19pm
December 13, 2017
Tom Cherveny / Tribune file photo 
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith holds the pheasant she shot while joining Rep. Collin Peterson during the 2016 Governor's Pheasant Opener hosted by Montevideo. Peterson applauded the appointment of Smith to the U.S. Senate representing Minnesota, crediting her with being "a good shot."
Smith praised by Minnesota delegation members
December 13, 2017 - 10:07pm
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith tells reporters on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, that she will run for U.S. Senate after her nearly year-long appointment ends next year. Don Davis / Forum News Service
'No one I trust more' than Lt. Gov. Smith in U.S.Senate, Dayton says
December 13, 2017 - 4:53pm
Minnesota Senate President Michelle Fischbach of Paynesville says on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, that she will remain in the Senate when she takes over Lt. Gov. Tina Smith's job. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Grandchildren's pictures could mediate potential constitutional conflict
December 13, 2017 - 3:57pm
December 12, 2017
Sen. Al Franken. File photo / Forum News Service
UPDATE: Dayton to name Franken replacement for Senate on Wednesday
December 12, 2017 - 7:53pm
December 11, 2017
U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.
Former Minn. Gov. Carlson says Franken shouldn't resign
December 11, 2017 - 6:04pm
December 10, 2017
Franken's Senate vacancy is hardly Minnesota's first
December 10, 2017 - 3:12pm
December 8, 2017
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn.
Nolan: Woman should be in Franken's Senate seat
December 8, 2017 - 9:16pm
Smith won't be in Willmar today; schedule change likely linked to Franken's Senate seat vacancy
December 8, 2017 - 7:14am
Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, stands at the podium Wednesday on Capitol Hill while Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., second right, responds to the media during a news conference unveiling legislation to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Zach Gibson
 Melina Mara / The Washington Post
Tribune Editorial: Sen Franken made the right decision to resign
December 8, 2017 - 6:50am
December 7, 2017
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 18, 2017. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was the first in what would become a chorus of Democratic senators to call for their Franken following sexual misconduct allegations. Tom Brenner / copyright 2017 The New York Times
Franken denies some allegations, but plans resignation from U.S. Senate 'in a few weeks'
December 7, 2017 - 3:45pm
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith says that Target is committed to continue its program of giving to local charities. With her during a 2015 news conference is Gov. Mark Dayton. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Tina Smith quickly rising to top of Senate speculation
December 7, 2017 - 3:25pm
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., apologizes at a news conference Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, after several women accused him of unwanted touching. Washington Post photo by Melina Mara
Text of Franken resignation speech
December 7, 2017 - 12:52pm
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., shown during a committee meeting in March 2017, says he's ashamed and embarrassed by allegations he groped women. Melina Mara / Washington Post
Analysis: Franken resignation sounded strikingly similar to 2008 apology
December 7, 2017 - 12:27pm