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Kenwood Trail Middle School sixth-graders, from left: Brady Klotz, Carter Patterson, Kali Breeden and Camille Buckley use iPads to take a quiz about slope (a number that describes both the direction and the steepness of a line) in Janelle Madsen's honors math class at the school in Lakeville, Minn., on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS/Scott Takushi

Broadband expansion pushed by Minnesota DFLers

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota needs to make a substantial investment in broadband Internet infrastructure if students and businesses in rural areas are going to compete with the rest of the nation, DFL lawmakers said Tuesday.

Speaker Paul Thissen said $25 million in the House’s supplemental spending bill would be a down payment on $100 million worth of Internet infrastructure that is needed to better connect Minnesotans.

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