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Sheila Wright, Higher Education Commissioner, speaks passionately about the need for the state to support the area's local colleges, both to educate students to high standards as well as to serve as a driver for the economy and jobs. At left is UMD Chancellor Lendley Black. He, other college presidents and area legislators met Tuesday at the UMD Library on the impact of the state budget on higher education. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

Minnesota lawmakers discuss proposed cuts to higher education

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Brent Tweet said he used to be content to let politicians handle the issues of the day.

Not anymore.

He's been homeless and he's been in jail, but today he said he's a successful student and vocal member of the student senate at Lake Superior College in Duluth.

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"If it wasn't for student loans and grants, I'd still be at the bottom ... just trying to survive," he said. "I would have no hope at all."

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