This week a new U.S. Senator took office in Minnesota. Former Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith is now Senator Smith, replacing Democrat Al Franken, after allegations of sexual misconduct.
As Smith learns the new job in Washington, her replacement as lieutenant governor will be doing the same here in Minnesota.
Republican State Sen. Michelle Fischbach became Gov. Mark Dayton's second-in-command. She says she will decline the much higher lieutenant governor's salary of almost $83,000 and stick with her $45,000 Senate salary. Democratic leader Tom Bakk has called on Fischbach to resign from the Senate, saying she can't hold two jobs at once.
Minneapolis and St. Paul both swore in new mayors this week. And both were busy as they started their new positions.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo got together to talk about some of their top priorities, which includes creating a stronger bond between officers and the community.
St. Paul's new mayor, Melvin Carter met with community members to learn more about the issues that are important to them.