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Minn. Senate legal costs in Brodkorb case: $226K

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ST. PAUL (AP) — State legal expenses associated with former Senate aide Michael Brodkorb's lawsuit now top $226,000.

The Minnesota Senate is paying a private firm to fight claims it mishandled Brodkorb's termination. The latest $27,700 invoice was made public Wednesday and covers expenses from February through April.

The former chief GOP communications aide was fired after reports surfaced of an extramarital affair he was having with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, who no longer holds office.

Brodkorb is suing over what he regards as a wrongful dismissal. Senate attorneys contend his firing was legitimate and have succeeded in narrowing other lawsuit claims.

The federal case is on track for a summer 2014 trial, but a settlement conference has been scheduled for late September. At least one prior attempt to reach a settlement failed.

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