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Minnesota Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington, Minn., supports heating financial aid Tuesday, but also says the Legislature must work on a permanent solution to heating fuel price spikes. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislators opened their 2014 session Tuesday battling the polar vortex.

Less than an hour after the session started at noon, the House voted 133-0 to provide a $20 million boost to Minnesotans struggling to pay heating costs this winter. Rural lawmakers stood one after another saying their constituents are hurting as temperatures have remained bitterly cold for most of the year.


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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.