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Minnesota state Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing questions the need for some provisions in a bill to increase funding for training and equipping first-responders to fight oil fires. With him in the Wednesday committee meeting is Rep. Tony Cornish of Vernon Center. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Oil disaster preparedness bill advances

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ST. PAUL — Plans to train first responders such as firefighters to battle oil disasters are gaining traction in the Minnesota Legislature.


"It takes just one of these trains at the wrong place at the wrong time for a catastrophe," Rep. Jim Newberger, R-Becker, told fellow members of the House public safety committee Wednesday before it approved funding a program to provide more training funds for first responders to oil incidents.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.