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Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, shown here talking politics earlier this summer at a fundraiser for Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji, is preparing for his own re-election bid with a fundraiser Monday night in Bemidji. He is seeking a second term, but faces Mark Thorson in a DFL primary Aug. 10. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Persell blasts lost health care monies

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Since July 1, Minnesota taxpayers have lost $1 million a day as a result of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's decision not to enroll thousands of low-income residents into Medicaid, says state Rep. John Persell.


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