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Minnesota Senators unanimously approve Legacy bill

The legislation includes $1.8 million to the University of Minnesota for an aquatic invasive species research center. It also includes $14 million for undeveloped land along the Mississippi River near Brainerd.
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The legislation includes $1.8 million to the University of Minnesota for an aquatic invasive species research center. It also includes $14 million for undeveloped land along the Mississippi River near Brainerd.

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