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Continued: Heaps of repairs are needed at the U and MnSCU

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 17, 2014 - 7:06 PM

The reality is that when Gov. Arne Carlson proposed the state’s first billion-dollar bonding bill in 1998, it seemed huge. Dayton’s billion-dollar proposal 16 years later? Not so much.


Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial writer. She is at

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