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The exterior of Ridgewater College in Willmar is pictured in this undated photo. The governor has vetoed a $14.3 million project at the college. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Ridgewater falls victim to governor's veto pen

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WILLMAR -- Three weeks ago, Sen. Joe Gimse sent a letter to Gov. Tim Pawlenty and met personally with his staff to make a plea for keeping a $14.3 million construction project at Ridgewater College in the bonding bill. It didn't work.

"It's disappointing, certainly, that Ridgewater didn't make the cut," said Gimse, R-Willmar after learning of Pawlenty's veto of $313 million in proposed bonding projects.

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