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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

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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.

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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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