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Minnesotans make statements with State of the Union guests

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President Trump pauses while speaking at the White House, in Washington, Jan. 19, 2019.
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Some members of Minnesota's congressional delegation are making statements via the guests they've invited to watch President Donald Trump's State of the Union address.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, a former refugee from Somalia, has invited Liberian refugee Linda Clark, who's now at risk of deportation as soon as the end of March because Trump has removed Liberian-Americans from the program under which Clark had been allowed to stay in the U.S.

Sen. Tina Smith is hosting Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, the nation's highest-ranking Native American woman ever elected to executive office.

Rep. Angie Craig, a new member of the House Agriculture Committee, invited Mazeppa farmer Katie Brenny.

And Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be joined by Nicole Smith-Holt, whose son died from diabetes complications because he struggled to afford his insulin prescription.