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Proposal could provide $70 million for new economic development programs in state

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WILLMAR -- A multi-faceted plan that would provide $70 million in new money for economic development in rural Minnesota could help counties with high unemployment and low population be better prepared for the future.

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The state has invested in education and health care, but hasn't dedicated the same kind of resources to economic development, said Dan McElroy, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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