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Franken’s seating in Senate means ‘Bye-bye, beard’ for reporter Bill Salisbury

The end of the Senate recount marathon was a relief to many, but few more so than Pioneer Press political reporter Bill Salisbury, who had vowed after the election in November that he wouldn’t shave until the Senator — Coleman or Franken — was seated.

He assumed that he’d be hirsute until Christmas, but as he notes: “Like most of my political predictions, I was dead wrong. So eight months later, while most of your faces were sporting summer tans, I was wearing a bushy, white beard.”

Obviously, with Franken’s induction Tuesday, the beard is history, although it will take some time to get that facial tan.

Salisbury has a cute story and video of the beard’s last moments here.

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