Lawmakers will soon debate a pair of bills that aim to make it easier for students in rural parts of the state to get a higher education degree. The sponsors of the measures say it’s a no-brainer, but some members of the higher ed community don’t think it’s a smart idea. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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