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DFL Rep. Collin Peterson, left, and Republican Lee Byberg, right, sign releases before taping a debate between the two candidates Tuesday, Oct. 16,2012, at Prairie Public in Fargo. Moderator Matt Olien is in the center of the photo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Peterson, Byberg spar on farm, health care policies

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Candidates for Minnesota's 7th Congressional District seat stuck to familiar campaign themes in a debate taped Tuesday for Prairie Public television and radio.

Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson said if Congress worked as well as the Agriculture Committee, the country would be in better shape.

Meanwhile, Republican candidate Lee Byberg repeatedly said the only way to get the U.S. on a solid footing is to cut the size of federal government.

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