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Finance commissioner brings long background

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota may have Richard Nixon to thank for attracting its finance commissioner to government.

"I was upset that Gilligan's Island wasn't on (television) because of Watergate," Tom Hanson, now 43, said about the early-1970s scandal involving the Republican president. "I remember John Dean (testifying) day after day."

Hanson watched from his Mahnomen, Minn., home and the testimony stirred an interest in government.

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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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