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Mining, ag economic bright spots

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ST. PAUL - Rural Minnesota provides the state with its only good news in an otherwise dismal economy.

High grain prices, especially, provide farmers more money to spend than they have seen in years. And Iron Range mines are working as fast as they can to meet demand for steel.

"They are the bright spots that we have," State Economist Tom Stinson said Thursday after an otherwise-bleak economic forecast.

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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.
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