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MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE: State Senate forms task force aimed at rural communities

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

ST. PAUL-- The Minnesota Senate has formed a bipartisan legislative task force specifically for Greater Minnesota issues, senators announced Friday.

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Sens. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids and Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, unveiled the eight-member Rural Task Force, designed to identify issues facing the rural areas of the state for possible legislation ahead of the 2015 session.

"The needs of Greater Minnesota can be very different than those in the metro area," Saxhaug said in a press release. "A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work in areas that have a large amount of land and small population density. From the forests of northeastern Minnesota to the farmland in the south, providing economic growth and quality education in rural areas is a much different challenge than in the Twin Cities."

Other issues the RTF might tackle include health care, nursing home access for seniors and safe roads, Rosen said.

The first meeting is planned for Aug. 27. The task force will continue to meet through the fall, the release said.

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