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Sitting in his State Capitol office, Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook talks about his future and the future of Senate Democrats after they lost control of the body in the Nov. 2 election. In coming weeks, he must move to a much less ornate office across the street from the Capitol. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Bakk needs building skills in new state Senate

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ST. PAUL -- It is a good thing that Tom Bakk is a carpenter.

As new Senate minority leader, Bakk faces a major rebuilding task, beginning with morale and ending with the 2012 election when Democratic-Farmer-Laborites hope to craft a majority.

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