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Veterans' help passes

A second state veterans' cemetery could be built and a new veterans' home governing arrangement were approved Thursday by House members.

Veterans' provisions were folded into an agriculture bill, but was barely discussed before the full bill passed.

The new veterans' cemetery, proposed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, would be started by the federal government, but the state would fund its staff.

Pawlenty removed veterans' home governance from a board earlier, handing it off to the state Veterans' Affairs Department, after problems surfaced at a Minneapolis facility. The Legislature now is putting those changes into law.

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.