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Key lawmaker gets lucky break

One key Minnesota lawmaker probably is quietly happy that a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party proposal to hold a special legislative session on Tuesday fell flat.

Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, was one of five Senate leaders who worked on a proposal to bring lawmakers back to St. Paul for a one- or two-day session this week.

But that most likely would have meant those leaders would have met throughout the weekend working out details.

That would have been a problem. Langseth and his wife, Lorraine, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, complete with many of his wife's relatives visiting from Montana.

"I'd like to make it to 51 years," the senator said before the session plan fell through.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty said more work is needed before a special session to deal with southeastern Minnesota flood relief is called.