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Minnesota economy ahead of U.S.

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