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Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, tells attendees to his fundraiser Monday night that a Democratic governer needs to be elected this fall. He cited Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer as saying, "You can't be a freedom-loving American and be a Democrat." Says Persell, "That's pretty sad, that's where the state of politics has gone in Minnesota." Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Persell: Elect Democrats to invest in state

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Minnesotans must elect Democrats this fall to ensure needed investments in early education and programs for the most vulnerable, says Rep. John Persell.

"Looking after our elders and our children" is key, the Bemidji Democrat said at his fundraiser Monday night at the Bemidji Eagles Club. "We judge ourselves by how we take care of our children and elders, at least that's how I judge my life."

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