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House wraps up business, bids adieu to 23 retiring members

Most of the 23 gave early-morning speeches Thursday as the House finished its proceedings.

Most of the 23 retiring state Representatives gave early-morning speeches Thursday, as the House wrapped up its business.

Nine of those leaving the House are running  for the state Senate in November, and Republican Rep. Kurt Bills is running for U.S. Senate.

Tom Scheck from MPR, who followed the late-night, early-morning proceedings to the end, lists the retirees and notes that 17 gave goodbye speeches, six didn’t, and there are still two more — DFL Rep. Tom Tilberry, DFL-Fridley, and GOP Rep. Carol McFarlane, R-White Bear Lake — who lost endorsements but haven’t yet said if they’ll run in a primary.

The House Public Information Services says all the retirements had been previously known, except for state Rep. Ron Shimanski, R-Silver Lake, who made the announcement during the farewell speeches.

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The Senate will have some goodbyes, too, when it wraps up.