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Minnesota State Veterinarian Dr. Bill Hartmann explains on Wednesday that 58 cattle herds were destroyed when TB was found in a northwestern Minnesota cow. With him are, from left, Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Doug Magnus of Slayton and Rep. Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Cattle TB restrictions over, opening national markets

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota cattle producers faced six emotional and financially challenging years, but now they celebrate a re-opening of markets nationwide after the state has been declared free of bovine tuberculosis.


Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday issued a proclamation proclaiming TB free day for the state's cattle industry after 58 herds were destroyed and 800,000 animals tested.

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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.