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Sen. Katie Sieben of Cottage Grove studies her computer Saturday as fellow Minnesota senators debate a variety of issues. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Capitol Notebook: Parks funding prompts rural-urban fight


ST. PAUL -- Rural and urban state representatives fought over parks and trails money during their first Saturday session of 2011.

Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, accused Twin Cities lawmakers of being "extra greedy."

Rep. Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington, fired back that the urban and suburban area provides the state's economic basis, but is "getting the shaft" when it comes to money returning to her area. "This is the time to defend the metro."

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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.