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In Minnesota border towns, smokers weigh options

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — Drive farther or pay more for cigarettes. That's the choice confronting smokers in border towns now that a higher cigarette tax has taken effect in Minnesota.

Northern Iowa convenience shops are anecdotally reporting a slight uptick in sales since Minnesota boosted its per-pack tax by $1.60 on July 1, the Albert Lea Tribune reported this week.

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