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Minnesota Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito encourages a grass-roots effort to supporters seeking a state-operated veterans nursing home in Bemidji at a meeting Thursday in the County Administration Building. At left is Beltrami County Commissioner Quentin Fairbanks while Commissioner Joe Vene is at right. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Shellito pledges to make Bemidji vets nursing home plan viable

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Bemidji's effort to seek a veterans nursing home got a boost Thursday from new Minnesota Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito.

While needing to remain non-committal about the project as other Minnesota cities are competing for a veterans nursing home, Shellito told about 75 supporters Bemidji had the credentials to compete and can make a good case for it.

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