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School aid wanted

A rural Minnesota high school for students addicted to alcohol or drugs needs state help to continue, Sen. Steve Dille told legislators Friday.

The Libre Academy in Litchfield needs $60,000 to get through the school year, Dille told the Senate Finance Committee as it debated an education funding bill.

"They're basically short of money," Dille, R-Dassel, said in asking for $25,000 for Libre Academy. Meeker County will provide matching funds, he said.

Dille later withdrew the amendment and said he will work with Senate Democrats to improve the request before the education bill reaches a floor vote.

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.