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Sen. Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake listens to testimony Monday, Sept. 9,. 2013, on a disaster-relief bill during a Minnesota special session of the Legislature. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Lawmakers rapidly OK disaster aid

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators breezed through disaster-relief approval Monday, about as fast as winds that uprooted thousands of trees in June, but spent far more time discussing what Republicans called a "man-made disaster" of tax increases.


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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.