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Beltrami County Commissioner Joe Vene, standing, visits with officials Friday evening as Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji, addresses about 300 people at the Bemidji National Guard Armory in support of seeking at Minnesota veterans home in the region. With Vene, chairman of the effort, are from left Reps. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, and Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids, and Leech Lake Tribal Chairman Archie LaRose. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Proposed veterans nursing home in Bemidji area draws support

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East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss only heard about Beltrami County's effort to site a Minnesota veterans home two days ago, but he couldn't miss Friday's rally of support.

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More than 300 people, many of them veterans wearing veteran uniform caps, came Friday evening to sign a commitment of support letter to be sent to Minnesota's congressional delegation that represents Bemidji.

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