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"Arrows" comment prompts objection in the Minn. House

ST. PAUL - State Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, was on the House floor promoting his bill to provide an easier way for professionals to become teachers when he thanked another lawmaker who offered similar bills in the past.

"Pioneers take the first arrows," Garofalo said about his colleague.

After the debate wrapped up, Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, rose to object to Garofalo's comment.

Persell said American Indians that he represents would be offended by the Garofalo statement. Persell said the comment goes against House rules that forbid derogatory statements, but he did not pursue any formal action.

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.