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Rep. Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake runs the Minnesota HouseTuesday afternoon, probably the first time a blilnd person has acted as a House speaker. In front is House Chief Clerk Albin Mathiowetz. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Historic moment as blind Westrom takes speaker's chair

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ST. PAUL -- Torrey Westrom hopes his historic moment helps other Americans.

The Minnesota state representative stood in as House speaker Tuesday afternoon, apparently the first time a blind person ever to run state House debate anywhere in the country.

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