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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.


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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