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Sen. Dennis Frederickson of New Ulm discusses a water cleanup spending plan advancing in the Senate at a Tuesday Capitol news conference. Fellow Republican Sen. Steve Dille of Dassel looks on. Scott Wente/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Mini-trucks OK, rest area drinking not

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota would allow mini-trucks to travel on some county roads, but prohibit drinking in state rest areas under a catch-all transportation bill representatives passed 115-17 Tuesday.


Transportation issues not requiring money were folded into the measure, including a proposal by Rep. Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids, to allow farmers and others to drive small trucks on roads in counties that approve. Only county roads could be used.

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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.