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Editorial: Special session would be exciting

Even the people most directly involved with Farmington’s effort to get a special session of the Minnesota Legislature held in town will tell you it’s a long shot.

First of all, there needs to be a special session. And while there has been talk of one, it’s not a sure thing.

Second, there’s the matter of logistics — moving all of those legislators, their staff members and all of their information to the city. Farmington High School has the wireless infrastructure to handle the load, but there are other issues, like televising the session. It can be done, but it would take work.

Still, it would be exciting, wouldn’t it? It would be a unique opportunity to see state-level government in action. There could be opportunities for students to volunteer and get a first-hand look at the process. It would be an opportunity to watch legislators work without ever leaving the city.

The session would likely be good for business, too. All those people would have to eat somewhere, after all.

And, of course, the session would put a unique spotlight on Farmington. There was a time not too long ago that would have meant trouble. When the city got wider-ranging attention it was because the school district was suing the city, or because the school board was suing one of its own members. That has changed a great deal lately. The district has gotten attention for being a leader in the effort to put iPads into students’ hands, among other thing. This would be a good opportunity to showcase those changes.

And beyond all that it would be fun. The unique happening would bring a new energy to the city.

It might still be a long shot, but we’re rooting for it to happen.