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Gov. Mark Dayton, joined at the left by Sen. John Carlson, R-Bemidji, and, at right, Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, uses a 4-foot-long pencil at the state Capitol to sign a 75th birthday card Wednesday for Bemidji's Paul Bunyan. Bethany Wesley | pioneer photo

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ST. PAUL - Sen. John Carlson, R-Bemidji, said he had hoped that redistricting would not pit friends against friends.

But it did just that, he said Wednesday at the state Capitol.

The redistricting maps released Tuesday afternoon place Carlson and Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, into a newly defined district.

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