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Minnesota House speaker-to-be Kurt Zellers sits in his Capitol complex office talking about how he came to be a Republican. Family influences growing up in North Dakota helped. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

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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