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Mayor Nancy Carroll testified to a panel of 15 legislators about the importance of Local Government Aid to the city of Park Rapids. She was one of about 70 people to speak at a listening session in Bemidji Friday. (Photos by Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Plea to legislators: 'Don't cut funding'

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Park Rapids representatives pleaded for Local Government Aid, arts funding and preserving health insurance at a legislative listening session on state budget priorities Friday in Bemidji.

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It was standing room only at the American Indian Resource Center's Great Hall at Bemidji State University. More than 250 people were crammed in. A panel of 15 legislators heard from about 70 people over two hours. Those who testified were limited to 90 seconds.

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