From left to right and back again, all 10 Minnesotans in Congress, including Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, gatherered Tuesday in the taxidermy-spangled office of Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson, the dean of the delegation. The group gathers occasionally on a bipartisan basis, and the occasion this week was a luncheon-discussion of the new 113th Congress.
From front left (spatial, not political): Michele Bachmann (R), Betty McCollum (D), Peterson (D), Klobuchar (D), Franken (D), Keith Ellison (D). From back left: Tim Walz (D), John Kline (R), Rick Nolan (D), Erik Paulsen (R).
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