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Sen. John Carlson of Bemidji speaks to a college student rally in front of the State Capitol. Like many freshmen lawmakers, he has not hesitated speaking out on issues. Pioneer Photo/ Don Davis

Freshmen lawmakers strong in beliefs and making early impact

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ST. PAUL -- Some say first-year legislators are best served listening and learning, but that is not in the gene pool for the Minnesota Legislature's 2011 rookie class.

Two months into their first legislative session, many of the 24 senators and 36 representatives serving their first terms have gained the attention of party leadership.

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