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Jackson Mayor Mitch Jasper tells seniors that nursing home closures that may result from proposed state budget cuts would threaten the economy of small towns like his in southwestern Minnesota. Jasper spoke Tuesday at a Capitol rally for nursing home funding. Staff photo by Scott Wente - Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Nursing homes fight proposed cuts

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Mitch Jasper worries about the fate of his small town and others like it, should state lawmakers cut spending to nursing homes and other care facilities.

Nursing homes often are the largest employer in a small town, said Jasper, mayor of Jackson in southwestern Minnesota. The mayor said rural towns cannot afford to see their nursing homes suffer financially or, in some cases, face closure.

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