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Former lawmaker Frank Moe finishes 360-mile dog-sled trip to deliver petitions to Capitol

Moe wrapped a trip Thursday that took him from Bemidji to the Capitol steps in St. Paul, where handed off to Gov. Dayton nearly 13,000 signatures protesting a proposed sulfide mining operation in northeastern Minnesota.
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Moe wrapped a trip Thursday that took him from Bemidji to the Capitol steps in St. Paul, where handed off to Gov. Dayton nearly 13,000 signatures protesting a proposed sulfide mining operation in northeastern Minnesota.

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