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Ryan Kennedy, right, is among a half-dozen University of Minnesota students who sat down with U.S. Sen. Al Franken, left, Monday to discuss financing their education. Student Paul Strain is between Kennedy and Franken. Kennedy is a Bemidji native. Strain's parents live in Duluth.

Students tell Franken of financial woes

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Paul Strain said his family supports his college career, emotionally at least.

But when it comes to money, he told U.S. Sen. Al Franken Monday, he needs to look for federally supported programs. In his third year at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, the future medical school student said, he already has $30,000 of debt.

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