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Graphic: Minnesota recovers faster than U.S. economy

Minnesota's economy looking up

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota's economy is improving, but don't look for it to be back at full strength anytime soon.

State Economist Tom Stinson predicts that the economy will not rise back to pre-recession levels for at least two more years.

There has been good news for agriculture, health care and tourism industries in recent months. And Minnesota sales to other countries are looking up.

But construction and associated industries such as lumber continue to struggle.

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