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Bud Grant makes unannounced stop at Capitol to support higher hunting, fishing fees

The 85-year-old former Minnesota Vikings coach urged lawmakers to raise license fees to help today's hunters and anglers, and a Senate committee unanimously passed a bill to do just that.
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The 85-year-old former Minnesota Vikings coach urged lawmakers to raise license fees to help today's hunters and anglers, and a Senate committee unanimously passed a bill to do just that.

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