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In a rare sight, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and Gov. Mark Dayton smiled in July as they prepared for the Legislature to pass the state budget during the 20-day government shutdown. Koch stepped down from her leadership job Dec. 15, later admitting she had an improper relationship with an employee. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

2011 was a wild year in Minnesota politics

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota's 2011 began with liberal Mark Dayton becoming governor.

The next day, an ultra-conservative Legislature took the oath, the first time Republicans controlled both chambers in decades.

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