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Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Larry Shellito fields questions from the media on June 9, 2010, after then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced the general's retirement at the State Capital in St. Paul. Shellito, now the state's veterans affairs commissioner, would have a new means to fund military honor guards at veterans' funerals under a bill authored by Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca.

Capital Chatter: Bright spots can be found amid the political nastiness


ST. PAUL -- This year will go down as one of the most contentious in Minnesota government history, so exceptions to that attitude are notable.


The first exception started out as yet another controversy.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.