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Rep. John Persell and Sen. Mary Olson, both Bemidji Democrats, try to explain the enormity of the state budget deficit the state faces over the next fhree years to about a dozen people who attended Olson's town hall meeting Friday evening at Bemidji City Hall. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Town Hall meeting: Persell spars with constituents

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Rep. John Persell said Friday he'd looked into ways to impeach Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a comment that drew an angry rebut from a constituent.

Persell, DFL-Bemidji, talking to a town hall audience at Bemidji City Hall, said the country lived through the Great Depression of the 1930s, but the current Great Recession isn't as devastating even though there is a huge demand on human services.

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