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Fewer births in Minnesota

Minnesota birth rates are at their lowest level since 2002. Officials say the economic recession has convinced more couples to delay having children.
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Minnesota birth rates are at their lowest level since 2002. Officials say the economic recession has convinced more couples to delay having children.

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