A salute to Senator Metzen

Metzen is flanked by his sons Jeff and John.
Metzen is flanked by his sons Jeff and John.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who grew up in South St. Paul, spoke at the gathering.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who grew up in South St. Paul, spoke at the gathering.

A number of local and state leaders came out to celebrate the long career of DFL state Sen. Jim Metzen, who represents District 52. He was honored Nov. 19 at Croatian Hall in South St. Paul. Metzen, 71, began treatment through Mayo Clinic for a recurrence of lung cancer in September. (photos courtesy of James Robins)

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