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The legislators were among the approximately 30% of those serving for the first time this year.
The three earned the most votes in the four-year board race in November and will serve through December 2026.
During the pandemic, federal programs affected tax status for people with student loans as well as the hospitality industry.
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.

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The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office responded to the barn fire, reported at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in Orton Township, north of Nimrod.
Central Lakes College students grow hydroponic tomatoes.
A portion of the road will be closed from 1-3 p.m.