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Bankruptcy of Pinnacle Airlines could mean fewer, more expensive flights in Minnesota

Pinnacle provides the only commercial air service available in several Minnesota cities. The company, which absorbed Mesaba Airlines two years ago, also employs 1,200 Minnesotans.
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Pinnacle provides the only commercial air service available in several Minnesota cities. The company, which absorbed Mesaba Airlines two years ago, also employs 1,200 Minnesotans.

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