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MOORHEAD—The fall was swift.

Three weeks after the first allegation of sexual misconduct, Senator Al Franken is resigning from the U.S. Senate.

Eight women have accused the senator of inappropriate behavior.

The two-term senator admitted to some, but he says some are not true, and others he remembers very differently.

Franken also took a shot at President Trump and Roy Moore, without using their names.

"I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving, while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with, with the full support of his party," said Sen. Al Franken.

Some Minnesotans think this could be a good opportunity for progress.

Franken's resignation comes after over 30 Democratic Senators called for him to step down.

Some local Minnesotans say they're disappointed, others say it was needed.

But, they do agree this is a chance for change.

After eight years representing the state of Minnesota, Al Franken will no longer be a United States Senator.

"I think it would be important if you're in a position of power to step down if you have those allegations against you," said Alaina Belanger, MSUM.

For local Minnesotans, it's a step in the right direction when it comes to sexual assault.

"Showing these allegations shouldn't be accepted at all if you're in a position of power, Solveig Magnuson, MSUM.

For MSUM Student Thomas, he said, although he is a Republican and would like to see someone from his party fill the soon to be vacancy, he knows this is an issue that should go beyond political affiliation.

"We see public officials being held accountable.There have been credible accusations in the past, but now it seems like there's actually action being done. To hold them accountable. Kind of like progress in a weird way," said Thomas Manninen, MSUM.

But, where should we go from here?

"Definitely would love to see more women in higher positions," said an MSUM student.

"Whoever he decides to put into that seat, I hope they lead with good moral values of Minnesota values and Minnesota nice," said Manninen.

These Minnesotans are hoping it's somebody they can look up to.

Governor Dayton will appoint Franken's temporary replacement.

They'll serve until a special election next November.

The winner of that election will then serve the remaining two years of Franken's term.

Cassandra Rohlfing

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