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Minnesota lawmakers announce State of the Union guests

Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., has announced that she's taking Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, shown here, as her guest to the State of the Union address. Forum News Service file photo

FARGO — With Congress back in session and the government shutdown ended, delegates from Minnesota have announced their guests for the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Democratic Sen. Tina Smith has announced that she's taking Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan as her guest to the State of the Union address.

"Peggy leads with compassion, determination, and I know she not only inspires me — she is a source of inspiration for Americans across the United States,” Smith said in a statement.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, will be joined at the speech by Nicole Smith-Holt, a Minnesota woman whose son died after struggling to afford his prescription insulin.

“Having Nicole join me at the State of the Union address will shine a light on the critical needs to bring down the cost of prescription drugs,” Klobuchar said in a statement.

Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson gave his extra guest ticket to Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., according to Peterson’s Detroit Lakes office.

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