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• Manufacturing in Minnesota is at its highest level in three years.
• Minnesota budget reserves are the highest in state history.
• Despite terrible damage from flooding across the state, we actually have the financial resources to help our neighbors.
• Abortions in Minnesota hit a record low, having fallen 7 percent in the last year.
Thank you to Gov. Mark Dayton, to legislators and to dedicated citizens who work every day to make Minnesota better.
Linda McEwen, St. Paul
Militant group looks like a sitting duck, no?
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is now considered a threat to the United States. Why don’t we revisit the tactics used during the Gulf War, which lasted only 100 hours? Saddam Hussein’s invasion force was obliterated on Kuwait’s highways from the air while trying to flee. News footage shows ISIL forces on open highways, where they can’t hide from our planes and drones.
Ted Loch, Minneapolis
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