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Joe Vene, a Beltrami County commissioner and Army veteran, told a Minnesota Senate committee Tuesday that land for a new veterans' home in the Bemidji area could come from the city or county. Scott Wente, Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Groups promote veterans' home plans


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is not prepared to care for many of its 400,000 military veterans who will need physical and mental health assistance in the coming decades, lawmakers were told.

Communities trying to land a state veterans' home or care facility tried to sell their plans to a Minnesota Senate veterans committee Tuesday, promoting their locations and facilities and the specialized medical treatments they could provide.

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