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Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove speaks to Vikings stadium supporters rallying outside the Minnesota House chambers Saturday. DANIELLE NORDINE | BEMIDJI PIONEER

Legislature appears ready to blast through deadline

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ST. PAUL -- Republican legislative leaders said for months they want to end the 2012 session Monday, but it probably will not happen.

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House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, has been the big proponent of leaving Monday, but late Saturday admitted lawmakers may stick around longer.

"We will stay here to do really important work," Zellers said.

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