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Dennis and Bruce Bolton, from left, have prompted the likely passage of a bill that would allow mini-trucks to drive on highways. Dennis maintains the trucks, which can travel up to 70 mph and get 40 mpg, are safer than motorcycles and are environmentally better for the economy since they're so fuel efficient. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Mini-truck bill passes both Minnesota houses; differences to be reconciled

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A bill authored by State Representative Brita Sailer (DFL-Park Rapids) to allow mini-trucks on local streets, county roads and highways passed the Minnesota House this week with wide bi-partisan support.

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The bill, sponsored at the behest of Hubbard County mini truck owners Dennis and Bruce Bolton, would authorize counties and other local units of government to issue permits to individuals who use the vehicles on roads under county jurisdiction.

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