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Rep. Kurt Zellers of Maple Grove says he will work to get more Republican House members involved in caucus work now that he has been elected House minority leader. Behind Zellers Wednesday he talks to reporters is Rep. Joe Hoppe of Chaska. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Republicans pick Zellers as leader

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ST. PAUL - A 39-year-old North Dakota native is the new as Minnesota House Republican leader.

Fellow House Republicans gave Rep. Kurt Zellers of Maple Grove 70 percent of the vote Tuesday night in picking him to replace Rep. Marty Seifert of Marshall as minority leader. Seifert plans to announce in less than two weeks that he is running for governor.

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Rep. Randy Demmer of Hayfield was the other major candidate. Four ballots were needed before Zellers emerged the winner.

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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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