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Tax break for shrimp farmers proposed

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Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, has authored a bill that would provide tax incentives to entrepreneurs who want to get into shrimp farming. Swedzinski claims there is a lot of interest in his district for shrimp production, but the start-up costs are prohibitive. He believes short-term tax incentives could jump start operations. He also proclaimed the desire to create a whole new industry of agriculture in Minnesota. As the Independent reported earlier this month, tru Shrimp, a subsidiary of Ralco, unveiled a new system for raising shrimp in indoor tanks, as well as plans to expand production to commercialists levels. Tru Shrimp plans to establish the first commercial shrimp facility in Southwest Minnesota — hopefully in Lyon County.

Proud of the men’s basketball team

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The Southwest Minnesota men’s basketball team’s season came to an abrupt end Tuesday night after a 55-52 loss to Northwest Missouri State in the NCAA Central Region Championship game. After the game, Mustang coach Brad Bigler said he was proud of his team for fighting to the end. And he should be. The Mustangs finished a thrilling season with a 28-6 record. Losses are never easy to deal with — especially during March Madness. But SMSU fans should be proud of the Mustangs.What a great season.

Granite Falls museum makes it big

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The Fagen Fighters WWII Museum was recognized for its tourism by Explore Minnesota in January. The museum is located 3 miles south of Granite Falls and is only 4 years old. The museum attracted 10,000 visitors during the 2016 tourist season, from the end of May until August. The museum features a collection of fully operational, active aircraft and vehicles from World War II.

GOP fails with health care plan

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The Congressional Budget Office released its report Monday on the House Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare. And it wasn’t good news. The CBO estimated that 14 million Americans would lose coverage next year and that figure would grow to 24 million by 2026. That would be opposite of what President Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail: Insurance for everybody. It also undercuts a central Republican argument for swiftly rolling back former President Barack Obama’s health care law: that the health insurance markets created under the 2010 law are unstable and about to implode. The congressional experts said that largely would not be the case and the market for individual health insurance policies “would probably be stable in most areas either under current law or the (GOP) legislation.”

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