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Zellers' early life made him a Republican speaker

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ST. PAUL -- A brew of cattails, oil and beer put Kurt Zellers at the doorway to becoming Minnesota House speaker.

Cattails: "I would drive around with my grandpa in his pickup..." Zellers recalled. "He said, 'See those cattails over there? We can't farm that anymore because the government said that that is wetlands. We can't grow anything there to feed people anymore and no one is going to pay us.'"

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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.
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