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Dayton to Bachmann: St. Croix bridge must be approved by March 15

Gov. Mark Dayton says state money earmarked for a new bridge over the St. Croix River can only be held until March 15. After that date, it will be spent on other needs. That gives Congresswoman Michele Bachmann limited time to get a bill passed by the House and signed by President Obama.
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Gov. Mark Dayton says state money earmarked for a new bridge over the St. Croix River can only be held until March 15. After that date, it will be spent on other needs. That gives Congresswoman Michele Bachmann limited time to get a bill passed by the House and signed by President Obama.

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